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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.

Original:

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.

Original:

With AR turned on:

Original:

With AR turned on:

Original:

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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Easter Egg Hunts at Sentosa (2016)

If you are planning to spend the Easter period at Sentosa during the Easter period, there are actually 3 egg hunts (with prizes) that you can participate in (until 17 April 2016) – one is free and the other two require the purchase of attraction tickets before you can do the hunts.

Venues for the easter egg hunts include the following:
(1) Easter Eggstravaganza at Universal Studios Singapore
(2) Ocean Eggsploration at S.E.A. Aquarium
(3) The Great Egg-Venture at Sentosa Harbourfront


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE

This Easter egg hunt is free for Annual Pass holders but day ticket holders need to pay an additional fee to participate. Win a Minion egg when you submit your completed card with the correct answers! Check with “Guest Services” at the park for more details.

Egg hunt map:

Some of the eggs that you can find around the theme park.


S.E.A. AQUARIUM

Go on an Egg-topus Easter Trail to hunt for 12 Easter eggs. The hunt is free as long as you have purchased an admission ticket to the aquarium. However, do note that only children are entitled to receive the prize upon completion of the egg hunt.

Scratch away at the silver circles corresponding to the eggs that you’ve found.

An example of one of the eggs on display, which also includes some fun facts.

Collect a prize at the end of your egg hunt.


SENTOSA HARBOURFRONT AREA

Organized by the Sentosa HarbourFront Business Association (SHBA), The Great Egg-Venture is a giant egg hunt (now in its 3rd year!) which will take egg hunters across the Sentosa Harbourfront area and attractive prizes can be won! Participation is FREE but you will need to first register at SBHA’s “The Great Egg-Venture 2016” contest app in order to participate in the egg hunt.

These are some examples of the eggs that can be found:

  

Let me tell you that several of the eggs have been placed at unexpected locations, so do keep your eyes peeled!! ^_^

For additional clues to the location of the eggs, you can pick up a copy of the egg hunt map at either the Vivo City customer service counters or the information kiosks at Sentosa.

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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.


FANTASY ZONE

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?


FAIRYTALE ZONE

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!


EXCITING ZONE

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


GHOST ZONE

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

Sandglass

Vampire

Floating Slippers


TRICK WORLD

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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SG50 Celebrations: Sentosa – Merlion Magic Lights, Sands of Time and S.E.A. Aquarium

As mentioned in my previous two posts, there were just too many places to visit for Singapore’s Jubilee celebrations and one of the places which had SG50-related events was on Sentosa island, so I hopped over to check them out…

SENTOSA MERLION MAGIC LIGHTS
Date : 1 – 30 Aug 2015
Time: 7:45pm, 8:15pm, 8:45pm, 9:15pm (weekdays)
Additional 2 shows at 9:45pm & 10:15pm during weekends, Eve of Public Holiday and Public Holiday
Venue: Merlion Plaza

This was my second time seeing the Sentosa Merlion come “alive” (the first being end-2013) with the aid of 3D video projection mapping and I found that some of the lighting designs were similar to the previous show that I had watched

…but I especially liked when the Merlion was covered in red and white resembling our National flag and with a mini shower of fireworks.

Pictures can’t really capture the full experience of a 3D projection mapping show, so do watch this video:


The aquarium over at Resorts World had something special lurking in their tanks…

S.E.A. AQUARIUM
Date: 7-10 August 2015
The Open Ocean exhibit at the aquarium celebrated our nation’s birthday with four divers carrying the Singapore flag across the tank, from one end of the glass panel to the other.

Gosh…I guess it must have been heavy, since it required four divers to carry it!

When they reached the other end of the tank, the flag was then rolled up like a scroll and kept. ^_^

There was even a wreath with the words “SG50” found at one of the smaller tanks.


Fans of sand sculptures were able to view seven of them over at Siloso Beach, where the Singapore Story, showcasing significant moments in Singapore’s history, was told through the 100m long sand sculpture display.

SANDS OF TIME
Date: 7-16 Aug 2015
Time: 10am – 7pm
Venue: Siloso Beach

The sand sculptures, ranging from 3 – 4.2 metres tall, were set behind a two-dimensional sand mural chronicling Singapore’s evolution to the thriving city it is today. There was also audio accompaniment, so that visitors could immerse themselves in The Singapore Story!

A Day to Remember
Singaporeans at a Kopitiam, watching the press conference where Mr Lee Kuan Yew announced Singapore’s separation from the Malaysian Federation.


First National Day Parade 1966

Singapore’s first National Day Parade on 9 August 1966 with contingents marching past City Hall.


On a little street of Singapore

A typical street market scene in Singapore in the days before modern supermarkets existed.


So Singapore

Illustrating that time is precious and finite, this centrepiece honours the past and celebrates the present. Backing the idea of time are the iconic quirks that make up the Singaporean DNA.


Our Heartlands

A typical scene of our heartlands with HDB flats, playground and MRT train in the background, to showcase where Singaporeans live and play.


Sentosa – The State of Fun!

This scene showcases Sentosa as one of the key tourism icons in Singapore.


Our Home

This final scene shows the metropolis that Singapore has transformed into since its humble beginnings as a fishing village. Here we can see the skyline of the financial district, Gardens by the Bay and a couple representing the Pioneer Generation, who have been instrumental to Singapore’s success story.


Finally, I’ll leave you with one last sand sculpture, which was tucked away in a corner across from the main exhibits. ^_^

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Re-Opening of Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON

The long wait for adrenaline junkies is finally over!! After an extensive attraction review, 27th May 2015 marked the re-opening of the Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs CYLON roller coasters at Universal Studios Singapore!

Park guests who had heard about the coasters’ re-opening, couldn’t wait to go on the rides when they were opened to the public at 12pm!

These were the first people in the queue for Human on the re-opening day…

Over at the Cylon side, there was also a queue forming… ^_^


WHAT HAS CHANGED?

One noticeable difference is that the ride vehicles, which previously had 4 seats per row, now have only 2 seats per row, as previous feedback from park guests on the original coasters were that those seated at the middle two seats felt left out from the “action”. With this new design, all riders have a “window seat”, so as to get the maximum experience (probably a more heart-pumping one!) on the ride.

The new ride vehicles now each seat 16 persons (i.e. fewer riders per ride) and thus you may wonder if the queue will take a longer time to clear – the good news is that the park does have additional ride vehicles for each of the 2 coasters, so two ride vehicles may be in operation during the peak periods for each coaster.

Human coaster – the Old ride vehicle (photo on left) and the New ride vehicle (photo on right).
  

In addition, shelves can now be found at both loading platforms and you can place your shoes and any other loose articles like hats, spectacles, etc. on the them before you board the ride vehicle. In the past, people used to leave their shoes all over the platform and it looked rather messy, plus there was the risk that your belongings could be trampled upon by klutzy folks who alighted first from the ride vehicles.


MY THOUGHTS ON THE RIDES

Both the Human and Cylon rides are very much smoother and less bumpy than before. I remember with the previous ride vehicles, my head kept hitting the back of the seat at certain turns and the headrest then wasn’t as well-cushioned as compared to now. I have to say that it is definitely a more comfortable ride with these new vehicles!!

There is a greater adrenaline rush if you sit at the front row (especially on Cylon) as it is “windier” and you do get unobstructed views of the drops, plus you will also be the first ones on the ride to plunge into the fog pits (Cylon only)!  Somehow Cylon’s speed felt a little faster to me than before, but according to the media release, the ride duration is similar. Hmm…


INFORMATION ON BOTH COASTERS

For those who have yet to experience them, Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon is a pair of steel duelling roller coasters, which each have 1km of track and they will provide you with 90 seconds of excitement! The repetitive announcements on both rides state that they are “high-speed turbulent roller coasters that include sudden and dramatic acceleration, climbing, lifting and dropping”. Their top speed is 90km/h and the highest point on both coasters is 42.7m high (equivalent to 14 storeys). To go on both rides, you will need to be at least 125cm tall.

I personally feel that nothing beats the front row if you want the best views but of course the G-forces are probably strongest in the 8th row.

If the coasters are launched at the same time, you can experience the “duelling effect” as both the red and blue will cross paths at various sections of the track. I think you’ll get a better view of this on the Cylon side (well, that is if you are not too pre-occupied with screaming your lungs out to enjoy the view).

Photography and videography are usually not allowed in this attraction but thanks to Universal Studios Singapore, I got the opportunity to photograph the queuing areas and loading platforms of both rides!

HUMAN

Also referred to as the “Red” coaster, this is a seated coaster with no inversions, but it does have lots of turns and a couple of drops. I personally feel this is the milder of the two rides. The first drop used to be quite scary with the old lap restraints when the ride first opened in 2010/2011, but ever since they had replaced the restraints with the overhead ones, you can no longer experience that “free fall” feeling on that initial drop and I really miss that! With this re-opening, overhead restraints are still being used, so I personally take this coaster to be just a “scenic ride” if I want a bird’s eye view of the park (plus the ride photos taken are nicer than that on Cylon’s).

Enter through the doors for some air-conditioned comfort! ^_^

Look around and you can see various interesting props on display.

The most impressive display in the queue area of this ride is this Viper spacecraft and you can’t miss it when you walk by!

I’m not sure if it’s just nerves but this is what some some people do whilst waiting in the queue.. 😉

When you reach the rows of uniforms, you’re almost at the loading platform.

Looking out to the tracks…

This is the new 2-seater ride vehicle!

Here’s a look at the back of the ride vehicle.


CYLON

This is also known as the “Blue” coaster and is my favourite of the two. The ride has a total of 5 inversions and I tend to liken the experience of the final inversion on the ride to be similar to the feeling of being tumbled inside a washing machine. Do note that this is a suspended coaster and your legs will be dangling freely on this ride, so do leave your footwear on the shelves at the loading platform if you are afraid that they may fall off during the ride.

This display with rows of Cylon robots looks impressive!

Walk through this section and make your way up the stairs to get your adrenaline fix.

  

At the loading platform…

This new 2-seater ride vehicle provides a more heart-racing experience!

Although the back of this coaster doesn’t look as nice as that on Human’s, I still love this ride!!


So, which one of the coasters will you be going on now that both rides have been re-opened?  I think you should try both (i.e. if you are willing to take up the challenge) and I’m sure John Hallenbeck, Senior Vice President of Attractions, will agree with me that both Human and Cylon are terrific “screamer” rides! ^_^

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(Re-Launched) Insadong Korea Town

After my previous review, Insadong Korea Town shut its doors for further renovations and re-opened this month with changes to their menu and a new self-service ordering system!

Opened by the MOF group, this themed dining experience now offers a wider variety of food, ranging from Authentic Korean dishes, Korean-Chinese, Korean-Japanese to Korean-Western! When this place first started operations in September, it served only Authentic Korean dishes and the concept wasn’t popular with the locals, thus their main clientele were Koreans, but with this re-launch and a re-vamp of their menu, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds and business is booming now!

  

Hmm…noticed that the side entrances are now accessible (previously you could only enter from the front)!

My previous visit (and review) was out of my own pocket and I didn’t manage to try that many dishes before they closed for further renovations, but this time during the soft launch of their re-opening, I was invited by MOF for a food tasting session and there were 14 items on the tasting menu (including drinks and desserts)!!

Lena Sim, the CEO of MOF, took us on a short tour of the place and I must say that throughout the entire evening, I could feel her passion for her food business and her enthusiasm for all the new dishes at this latest Korean-themed eating establishment! She has a good business sense and I was really impressed!

Self-service order kiosks can be found at the main entrance of the restaurant. It’s quite simple to place an order on their touchscreen interface – just click on the various tabs to view the available items on the menu and select the dishes that whet your appetite.

At the moment, only cash is accepted at these machines (change will be given). If you need to pay by NETS or credit card, you can do so at the cashier counter. You can also enquire with them on the earning/redemption of RWS Invites points.

I noticed that the little cafe at the front, which previously sold only drinks, has been transformed and it now sells both drinks and desserts!

Do note that there is a separate queue for the J-Cone dessert (from the main entrance to the cafe) and this is for customers who are not dining in and just want to buy the dessert, so they can just pay at the cashier counter there.

Back in September, they had used a system which had numbers flashing on TV screens to inform diners to collect their food, but now buzzer devices have been introduced and these will go off when your food orders are ready.

There’s even a sign showing you the locations of where your food orders can be collected from (depending on which category of food you have ordered and I guess the respective location will be printed on the receipt)!

These are Counters 1-3…

…and Kiosks 1 and 2 are located in the middle of the dining area.

Korean Street Food was being prepared at Kiosk 1 and I went to have a closer look!

Various types of skewered food are available (these will be sent to the kitchen for further cooking once you have placed your order)…

…and there’s also meat buns and spicy Korean rice cake!

Over at Kiosk 2, you can find Roast Iberico Pork Ribs (ala carte $18/set $10), Pork Rack (set $21) and Pork Loin (ala carte $18/set $11)…

…and even Roast Suckling Pig is available!!


Now for the tasting of the food!…

STREET FOOD

Toppoki (Korean Rice Cake) – $6
I’ve always seen this dish being served as street food in Korean dramas but have never tried it until now (reason being that I’m not a big fan of rice cake)! It was better than expected – the rice cake itself was chewy and didn’t have much taste but the sauce was really the star of this dish and it was spicy!!! Think of rice cake covered with thick kimchi flavoured red pepper sauce and you’ll get the picture… ^_^


Kimchi Pancake – $10

I don’t really like kimchi but this was good and I even had a second helping!! The pancake was slightly chewy and it had a vegetable filling (kimchi obviously!), which wasn’t as sour as the usual pickled version. Apparently this dish is extremely popular with Indian diners too! A must try!



AUTHENTIC KOREAN


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Ginseng Chicken Soup – $28

This is definitely authentic Korean ginseng chicken soup as the chicken is stuffed with glutinous rice and the soup is rather light tasting due to Korean ginseng not having a strong flavour.

However, a little bowl containing milk is provided by the side as an optional accompaniment to the dish and diners can choose to add the milk to the soup (think along the lines of fried fish soup + milk)! Most of the locals agreed that the soup tasted and looked better after adding the milk!! I thought so too but I still prefer the local Chinese version of ginseng chicken soup, which has a stronger ginseng taste! ^_^

One thing I did like about the one here was that the stuffing in the chicken had chestnuts mixed in with the glutinous rice – the famous one that I had tried in Seoul, Korea had LOTS of garlic in it and I didn’t enjoy that one!


Bossam (Napa Wraps with Pork) – Small $15, Large $25

The main highlight of this dish is the pork belly (similar to Chinese roasted pork belly – 烧肉) and the meat is served with accompanying ingredients like slices of garlic, kimchi, green chilli and a fermented bean sauce (like miso paste).

To eat this, wrap the meat and the accompanying ingredients in the lettuce leaves that are provided with this dish.


Mushroom Beef Bulgogi Hotpot – $40 (to be shared amongst 4 or more persons)

Wow…the portion isn’t small and is packed with a mountainful of ingredients!

We were introduced to Chef Emily Oh, who was the one who had prepared all the dishes and we had the privilege of having her help us with the cooking of the ingredients in the hotpot at our table.

The next picture shows the cooked ingredients which are ready to be eaten! Yummy!! Thanks, Chef Emily! (she was rather camera shy) 🙂



KOREAN-WESTERN


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Beef Bulgogi Baked Rice – $15

This baked rice dish has a cheesy topping and a decent amount of beef in it.

It was tasty on its own but we were told to eat half of it and reserve the other half for another method of enjoying this dish! If you remember the Mushroom Beef Bulgogi Hotpot mentioned earlier and if you order both the hotpot and this baked rice, you can put a portion of the rice into the hotpot and let it soak up the flavourful soup stock – it certainly gives the dish a different dimension of flavours and was surprisingly delicious!


Pumpkin Spaghetti

LOVED this pasta dish!! The sauce had a smooth creamy texture with a rich buttery flavour and seemed to be made with pumpkin, which had been pureed. There were also bits of ham/bacon in it. Somehow I couldn’t find this dish on the menu and the only item with the same look and colour of the food which resembled this was the Carbonara Spaghetti ($14)!



KOREAN-CHINESE


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Xiao Long Bao – 6pcs $8.50, 10pcs $11.50
This to me is a Chinese dish! I didn’t know that it is considered a Korean dish too! It was quite nice – the dumpling skin had just the right thickness and contained enough soup to fill my spoon.


Xiao Long Bao in Kimchi Soup – 8pcs $13

Haha…now this is what I call fusion! The kimchi soup was quite nice but there is an accompanying small dish of chilli sauce (tastes like chicken rice chilli sauce), which you can add into the soup for an added kick! I do agree with Lena that the soup tastes better after adding the chilli sauce but I’m sure Chef Emily will probably frown at it as the authentic Korean taste doesn’t include the extra added chilli sauce! LOL…


Red Bean Pancake – $7.80

This tastes very much like Chinese-style red bean pancake! Apparently it is a Korean dish too!



DESSERTS


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Mixed Fruits Shaved Ice – $11

Buried underneath that pile of mango, strawberry and kiwi cubes is shaved ice covered with black sugar (i.e. gula melaka). It was quite sweet and a bit too much for one person to finish so you’re better off sharing this with a friend. Be careful of how you eat this as the guys at my table ate it starting from the bottom upwards, which resulted in the dessert being top-heavy and the scoop of ice cream came tumbling down onto the table! 😦


J-cone – $6

This probably is the most popular dessert here but I feel it’s more of a novelty. Typically known as jipangyi in Korea, this cane-shaped thingy is a puffed corn snack which has a hollow centre and vanilla ice cream is pumped into it. MOF specially brought in a machine from Korea and they make these J-cones in their local factory. A word of advice – you’d better eat them quickly before the ice cream starts to seep through! I found the ice cream leaking through the base of the “J” after some time!!



DRINKS


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Iced Honey Citron Tea – $4

This was very refreshing drink and is something that I would usually order if I have a cold or sore throat. If you like this drink, you can actually purchase a bottle of the honey citron mixture (available here at $15.80 per bottle) and make this drink at home.


Watermelon Soju – $30

Now, this was a very interesting drink as I’ve never had it before! I mean I have drunk soju but never in a watermelon concoction!

A whole bottle of soju is poured into the watermelon juice, which then turns this into an alcoholic beverage but in fact the alcohol content is really diluted after being mixed with the juice from a whole watermelon! It was refreshing but won’t cause you to be intoxicated even if you’ve had 2-3 cups of it.

The coolest part is that this beverage is served in these cute metal cups! ^_^


Verdict:

The new re-vamped menu has a lot more variety of food being offered but my favourite grilled galbi dish was nowhere to be found! Arrgghh!!…I do hope they will put it back on the menu! However, I was quite thankful for this tasting session as it allowed me to sample some dishes which I would have never imagined myself ordering and I have to say that most of the dishes that we had tried were pretty awesome!

I liked the fact that the chef insisted that the recipes were kept true to the authentic Korean taste, but she compromised by allowing additional sauces to be provided with certain dishes to cater to the local taste buds (e.g. milk with the ginseng chicken soup and extra chilli for the kimchi soup).

My number one favourite dish out of all that we had tried in this blog post, was the pumpkin spaghetti! This was followed by the baked rice, hotpot and the kimchi pancake (LOL…I think some of my friends will faint if they hear that I’ve listed something containing kimchi as one of my favourite dishes since I don’t like kimchi!).


Address:
Insadong Korea Town

Resorts World Sentosa, Waterfront
26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-30/31/32/33, Sentosa, Singapore 098138.

Where exactly is it located within RWS?
If you have entered Sentosa via the boardwalk, it’s right next to the Malaysian Food Street. However, if you are getting there from Waterfront station or the S.E.A. Aquarium, it’s located just beside Slappy Cakes.

Operating Hours:
Daily 11am – 10pm

Tel No: +65 6238 8221

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Insadong Korea Town at RWS

**UPDATE** This place closed for further renovations a few weeks after it opened and recently re-opened in December. The new method of ordering is via self-service kiosks and the place where drinks were previously purchased from has been converted to a drinks and desserts corner.
Read my review on the re-vamped restaurant (with 14 food items!). click on the link

Insadong Korea Town opened at Resorts World Sentosa on 1st September and although I’m not a big fan of Korean food, I went to check it out…

Its main entrance is decorated to look like those traditional Korean buildings and I took some pictures of how it looks during both day and night.

This place can seat over 300 diners and is decorated to resemble the famous Insadong street in Seoul, Korea.

There are some decorations and a door along its side wall but you are not allowed to enter from there and have to return to the front to get in.

On the immediate left upon entering, is the counter where drinks can be purchased from.

Food orders are placed at this other counter located directly ahead and payment is made upon ordering.

The menu is displayed on the wooden partition next to the cashier counter.

I spotted my favourite Korean dish (grilled Galbi) so I went with that! I’m very selective when it comes to Korean cuisine as I don’t like all forms of kimchi (except one with raw crab in red pepper paste) and even though I’ve previously stayed in Seoul for one month on a business trip, that experience still didn’t change my mind about the food! I guess my tastebuds are rather hard to please! **sheepish grin**

Once you have made your payment, you will be given a ticket with a queue number (one for each food item), so go find a seat and wait for your number to be flashed on the TV screen, then collect your food from the “Food Distribution” counter.


The decor at the far end looks quite interesting.


If you are dining with a bunch of friends, you can consider sitting at this roadside cart. Cutlery can be obtained here.


When your ticket number is displayed, collect your food from this “Food distribution counter”.

There are side glass panels next to it where you can actually peek into the kitchen to watch the chefs at work.


GALBI GUI (Grilled Prime Beef Ribs) – The boneless beef slices were well marinated and very tender. This set is served with a bowl of rice and 3 side dishes (anchovies, pickled radish and kimchi). The little dish next to the beef contains some kind of bean paste which you can use as a dip for the beef. MSG-intolerant folks may want to skip this bean paste (I was thirsty the whole afternoon after the meal!). Taste-wise it was good but the food got cold when I was halfway through the meal. It would have been perfect if the food was kept warm until I was done with my meal! Hopefully they will take this into consideration!

Here’s a closer look at the delicious morsels of beef!


LA GALBI GUI (Korean Style Grilled Beef Ribs) – Each slice of beef was attached to a bone but the meat was chewier than the Galbi Gui (see previous dish) and thus was a bit difficult to separate from the bone! Raw vegetables were given in a side cup and you can dip them into the accompanying bean paste and eat them with the beef. I think I prefer the Galbi Gui over this although it costs a bit more (+$4) but the meat tastes better and isn’t as chewy.


JJAJANGMYEON (Korean Black Soybean Sauce Noodle) – This is my hubby’s favourite Korean dish and thus he ordered the one here to try. The sauce was flavourful with a wok hei taste and he enjoyed the noodles very much except for the fact that it was a meatless dish. I tasted the sauce and it was good!


BUCHU JEON (Chive Pancake) – It was a combination of chewy flour dough and chives and somehow tasted better after you’ve dipped it into the sauce. I didn’t really like the texture of the pancake and I’m not a fan of chives, so my hubby ate it all! LOL… Anyway, this was a complimentary dish for RWS Invites members if you spend over $20 in a single receipt (promotion period from 1 – 30 September 2014).


When you are done eating, return your food tray to either the “Return tray counter” or the tray racks which can be found at several spots within this eatery.


Verdict:  Out of the dishes which we had tried, I only liked the Galbi Gui and my hubby said he would come again for the JjaJangMyeon.


On my way out, I spotted something interesting but I wasn’t sure what it was – A snack?? A dessert?? Curiosity got the better of me so I went to enquire about it. The cane is actually a corn snack and is a hollow shell, so vanilla ice-cream will be pumped into it when you purchase it. Apparently it is known as ‘Jipangyi‘, a traditional crispy corn snack in Korea.


Address:
Insadong Korea Town

Resorts World Sentosa, Waterfront
26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-30/31/32/33, Sentosa, Singapore 098138.

Where exactly is it located within RWS?
If you have entered Sentosa via the boardwalk, it’s right next to the Malaysian Food Street. However, if you are getting there from Waterfront station or the S.E.A. Aquarium, it’s located just beside Slappy Cakes.

Operating Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm

Tel No: +65 6238 8221

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Dim Sum at Feng Shui Inn (风水廷)

I’ve never stepped into Feng Shui Inn (风水廷) until now as I had heard that the food at this restaurant isn’t cheap. Furthermore, it made headlines several years ago when a diner was charged $1224 for a fish dish!

On a sudden whim, my hubby and I decided to go try the dim sum at Feng Shui Inn as we’ve already tried almost all other restaurants around the resort (except those in the casino as we can’t enter unless we pay the $100 levy).

To get to the restaurant, you’ll need to enter Crockfords Tower and take the lifts to Level G2, where the VIP entrance to the casino is also located.

The interior of the restaurant has a modern design which was quite tastefully done and the lighting inside made it look quite cosy.

We found the motifs on the cover of the menu matched those on the walls of the restaurant.

Upon scrutinising the menu, I found that the prices of the dishes weren’t that scary (i.e. prices were typical of an expensive Chinese restaurant) but most of the seafood dishes were at market prices, so you’d better check with the staff on their actual prices before you order them, else you could be in for a rude shock!

Anyway, we were there for their dim sum and here’s a look at their menu, which has all the prices listed.

We ended up ordering a total of 8 dim sum dishes and 3 desserts!! Initially we had placed orders for the Steamed Minced Wagyu Beef Balls with Bean Curd Skin and Pineapple Custard Barbecued Pork Buns, but were later told they were unavailable (i.e. sold out!! – this was at 2:30pm on a Saturday afternoon). Oh well…

Anyway, here’s what we tried (the names of the dishes listed are as stated in their menu)…

Baked Barbecued Pork Puffs (鲍鱼叉烧酥) – $5.20 per serving
The name of this dish in Chinese states it is an abalone char siew puff. This was a flavour bomb as the filling was sweet and the pastry was fragrant. I couldn’t really find any abalone in it and wondered if it contained abalone sauce instead? Having said that, I did like this puff a lot and it will go into my must-eat list if I come here again.


Lobster Dumplings with Cream Sauce (龙虾白汁批) – $8 per serving
Technically these are mini pies and not dumplings as stated in the English name of this dish! The pastry had a buttery fragrance which I like and it went well with the creamy sauce inside. I loved this savoury dish but my hubby didn’t like it as he felt it was too sweet, so I was only too happy to finish the remaining piece! ^_^


Steamed Rice Rolls with Barbecued Pork & Enoki Mushrooms (金菇叉烧肠粉) – $7 per serving
Mmm…similar yummy tasting char siew as the one in the puff that we had earlier. Overall it was a nice combination with the enoki mushrooms. The cheong fun was also done just right and didn’t fall apart when we picked it up.


Steamed Pumpkin Cakes with Conpoy (干贝蒸金瓜糕) – $6 per serving
This was a steamed dish which was quite thick and definitely contained more pumpkin than flour but I didn’t really fancy it as I thought it tasted a little plain. My hubby on the other hand said that he liked it. I think I prefer having pumpkin cake which is pan fried, but that’s just my personal preference.


Steamed Superior Prawn “Har Kow” (风水虾饺皇) – $7 per serving
Each bite-sized morsel contained a fresh, plump and springy prawn and tasted quite nice.


Steamed Pork & Mushroom “Siew Mai” (北菇蟹肉蒸烧卖) – $6 per serving
This siew mai was packed with various ingredients, plus the fish roe on top of it was springy and gave an added crunch.


Deep-fried Bean Curd Skin Roll with Prawns (鲜虾腐皮卷) – $7 per piece
My first bite was a little disappointing as I felt it was tasteless (probably cos beancurd doesn’t have much taste anyway?). However, I concluded that you’ll need to coat it with a generous helping of its accompanying mayo dip to bring out its flavour.


Bird’s Nest Dumpling (燕窝灌汤饺) – $11 per person
The dumpling was filled with lots of tasty ingredients but I didn’t like the soup, which had a porky flavour. Even though I had put quite a substantial amount of the accompanying red vinegar into the soup, it still didn’t improve how I felt about the soup.


…and now moving on to the desserts!!


Baked Egg Tarts with Bird’s Nest (燕窝旦挞) – $5 per piece
The pastry in this tart was a little flaky and I was glad that the custard didn’t have that strong eggy taste which I don’t like. Overall, it was very sweet (as expected of a dessert) and was quite nice, except for the fact that it was gone in just one mouthful!


Double-boiled Sweetened Almond Cream with Glutinous Rice Balls (杏仁茶汤圆) – $8 per person
The almond paste had a very strong almond flavour which can be an acquired taste to some. Those who like it will love it but those who can’t stand the almond smell will detest it. The glutinous rice balls were of a good size and were filled with a black sesame paste which oozes out after you’ve bitten into it.


Chilled Mango, Pomelo & Sago Cream with Ice Cream (杨枝甘露雪糕) – $9 per person
Full of mango goodness, this mango soup contained bits of mango and pomelo and was topped with a scoop of ice-cream. This dessert was nice and its taste is similar to that of other good HK dessert shops in the country.


Verdict:  My favourites were the baked barbecued pork puffs, steamed rice rolls with barbecued pork & enoki mushrooms and lobster dumplings with cream sauce. The rest of the dishes didn’t impress me that much as they tasted like those which I can get at other restaurants serving good quality dim sum but at cheaper prices than the ones here.

A word of advice – do check your bill carefully before you make your payment! The Pineapple Custard Barbecued Pork Buns were added to our bill even though we had been told they were sold out and they also charged us for 3 bowls of the Mango dessert, so we had to get them to amend the bill!


Address:
Feng Shui Inn (风水廷)
Crockfords Tower, Basement 1M, Level G2
Resorts World Sentosa
10 Sentosa Gateway,
Singapore 098270.

Operating Hours:
Lunch   11:30am – 3pm
High Tea   3pm – 5:30pm (Last order for Dim Sum at 5:15pm)
Dinner   5:30pm – 11pm (Last order at 10:45pm)
Supper   11pm – 3:45am (Last order at 3:30am)

Tel No:  +65 6577 6688

Email:  dining@rwsentosa.com

Getting There:  Directions can be found at the Resorts World Sentosa webpage.

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Trick Eye Museum in Singapore!

Trick Eye Museum, a renowned tourist destination in South Korea, has made its way to Singapore! This three-dimensional (3D) art gallery features paintings created using trompe l’oeil techniques that give each 2D art piece the illusion of being in 3D.

The museum occupies an area of 800 square metres and features six theme zones (World of Masterpieces, Love in Winter, Star of Circus, Safari Kingdom, Dreams of Fairytale and Adventure Discovery), with 80 3D paintings and optical illusion masterpieces, 50 of which were created specially and adapted for the Singapore gallery.

I had been eagerly anticipating the opening of this museum and was absolutely thrilled when I was invited to a preview! The museum officially opens on Sunday, 8th June 2014.

Here’s the ticketing booth, sandwiched between the entrance and exit of the museum.

This museum is meant to be an interactive one and visitors are expected to pose with the paintings so that they’ll look as if they are subjects within the masterpieces. It’s definitely something that will interest those who love posing for photographs and taking selfies!

When you enter the museum, you will be welcomed by a sculpture of a giant baby, which is making its debut appearance here in Singapore.

Visitors can pose by getting into the cage – does it look like I’m being held captive by a giant baby?


Other exhibits around the hall…


Before I go on further about the artworks on display, let me give you a peek at the ribbon cutting ceremony by the VIPs (dressed in black) from Trick Eye Museum and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

VIPs from Left to Right:
Mr John Hallenbeck, Vice President of Attractions at RWS
Ms Sujin Oh, Curator of Trick Eye Museum
Mr Goh Chye Boon, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations at RWS
Mr Jason Kang, CEO of Trick Eye Museum


Now onto the exhibits…

WORLD OF MASTERPIECES


This is an extract from the Paris Street; Rainy Day oil painting by French artist Gustave Caillebotte.


Based on A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 (French: Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte – 1884) by Georges Seurat, I must say that when I first looked at it, it was very 2D but after I went in and posed for the photo, I could hear people around me gasping cos it was as if the painting suddenly came to life and became 3D!


A slightly twisted version of The Scream by the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch. Oops, I guess now you know the real reason why he screamed!… :p


Some other fun shots….

   


More exhibits await behind that open book with Mona Lisa on its cover.

Upon entering and turning to the right, you will need to walk across this illusion of a bottomless pit – well, you can walk around it if you think it looks scary.


The Ames Room just blows your mind away. I still can’t get my head around it and it is indeed a very clever illusion! Ohh…I forgot to mention that if you are uncertain of how to pose for the photos, there are some tips given on the signs placed next to the exhibits.

I got a model to pose with me (this was a preview event so there were models who were available to pose for pictures) as you need at least 2 people to make the illusion work. Notice that the person on the right always appears bigger than the person on the left?

   


SAFARI KINGDOM


The next few paintings are scenes from beyond my wildest dreams!!…

Escape from the Anglerfish – Help! Save me!….


Oh no! My arms are slipping and I can’t hold on for much longer!…*shrieks*…


Woohoo! Skydiving is fun!!


Captured by a T-Rex! I am so not liking what is going to happen next…


Yippee! How often do you get a chance to ride on the back of a killer whale?


Ohhh…this is one of my favourites! The entire scene looks so realistic with the molten lava and the volcano erupting in the background!


DREAMS OF FAIRY TALE


I have no words to describe this next picture!… LOL…


Synthetic Boots Cat – Aww…the kitty is sooo cute!!


You can also have your picture taken with The Little Match Girl and the Leaf Fairy.


Angel Wings – the latest mode of transportation! Not a bad idea…


LOVE IN WINTER


Fans of Korean drama will probably enjoy posing with this guy. I think the correct way to pose is for him to have his arms wrapped around you and for you to rest your head on his shoulder. Sorry, but I think he’s too young for me!… :p


Someone commented that this looks like a scene out of Harry Potter!


Ever wondered how it would feel to be trapped inside a snow globe?


Yikes! I hope this mammoth’s tusk is strong enough to hold me up…


Mush! Mush!


STAR OF CIRCUS


Human Canonball – I’m all set, bring it on!


More circus acts…


Synchronized swimming – I should get my hubby or some male friends to pose for this photo – it will definitely be hilarious!! :p


ADVENTURE DISCOVERY


Merlion Boat – one of the original artworks created specially for Singapore!


Wow…I can do a one-arm handstand!


Look Mom – I can do the split!


More ballet poses! LOL…


Alas, it was time for me to leave the museum but this guy didn’t want me to go… (don’t worry, I’ll be back to see you soon!)


What did I think of the museum?:
Wow…I had a blast!! It was fun posing with the art pieces but for some of them I really had to analyse the painting before I could figure out how to fit myself into the picture (haha…I was too excited and didn’t check the tips shown on the wall).

A word of advice – if you are planning to go alone or as a couple, it’s best to bring a tripod in case you can’t find anyone to help you to take the pictures. I think it’s best if you go in a group of 3 or more, then at least you can each take turns to help with the photo-taking. Selfies may not work as some of the shots require the photographer to stand further back so that the illusion looks more realistic. It’s a really enjoyable place for an outing with family or friends!!

I haven’t visited the Trick Eye Museums in Korea yet and now I’m kinda tempted to….haha! Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa and Trick Eye Museum for the media invite! 🙂


Address:
Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Waterfront at Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138.
(Next to Malaysian Food Street and Aston’s)


Opening Hours:
Daily 10am – 9pm


Ticket Prices:
Adult $25/pax
Kids (age 4-12)/Senior Citizen (age 60 & above) $20/pax

RWS Invites members get 20% rebate on tickets to Trick Eye Museum.

As part of their Grand Opening celebrations, ticket prices will be at 50% off until 22nd June 2014 but you’ll need to purchase the tickets at their on-site ticketing booth in order to enjoy the discount.


Contact No: +65 67952481


Getting There:

By Bus:
Take buses 65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145 or 166 and alight at VivoCity.

Board bus RWS8 from bus stop 14141 at VivoCity or bus stop 14121 at Merrill Lynch, HarbourFront. Alight at Resorts World Sentosa drop-off point, then enter via The Forum and turn left to take the escalator up to ground level.

By MRT:
Alight at HarbourFront station, take exit E to VivoCity and head to Level 3 to take the Sentosa Express.

By Sentosa Express:
Take the Sentosa Express from VivoCity’s Sentosa station and alight at Waterfront station.

On Foot (from VivoCity):
Head to the Sentosa Boardwalk and it’s about a 15min walk to Resorts World Sentosa.

By Car:
Park at RWS B1 East Car Park, Blue Zone. Look out for the directional signages to the Waterfront and take the escalator up.

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Easter at Universal Studios Singapore (2014)

I’ve been travelling since the Easter weekend, so I haven’t had time to go check out the Easter events at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) until now.

What’s different for the Easter season? Well…park visitors will be greeted by this sight at the end of Hollywood – I must say that it’s quite a pretty display!

Even the streets of New York are decorated for Easter!


Ohh…I didn’t know there was a self-guided egg hunt within USS until I opened the “Easter Edition” of the park guide.

Cute stickers are included too! These can be pasted onto the map when you locate the eggs. Can’t wait to see the Elmo egg!…

The map is too big so I just scanned in a section so that you can get an idea of how the egg hunt map looks…

…and now my hunt for the eggs begins…

Sunny Side Up” egg at Hollywood


Bunny Elmo” egg at New York


Eggstranformation” at Sci-Fi City


The Lost Egg” at The Lost World


Ogre” egg at Far Far Away


Puss In Egg” at Far Far Away


Egg Gone Wild” at Madagascar


Just for this season, there is a show “Easter Eggstravaganza” which is being performed and features the Easter Bunny and a wacky character called “Egg Lord”, whose vocabulary revolves around eggs.

Do check the park schedule on the day of your visit for the latest show times.


OMG…the Easter Bunny is SOOOOO CUTE!! It’s E.B. from the movie Hop!


Here’s a video of the show…


Character meet and greet sessions are held after the performances.

You can have your picture taken with E.B.

…and also with the Egg Lord – I do say that he’s quite a character!

The Easter festivities at USS started from 18 April and will end on 13 May 2014.

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