Air-con, air-con, air-con… kept thinking of places that were cooling to avoid the sweltering afternoon yesterday. The weather was unbearable for the past weeks and even staying home seems impossible.
Then struck the a-ha moment, why not spend my time at the Museum?
Air-con switched on full blast, no weekday crowd and Children’s Season is still on!
SAM @ 8Q (Till 12 Aug)
Seasoned visitors will definitely remember Art Gardenand my boy has always been a fan of the fun contemporary artworks exhibited at SAM. This year, SAM has commissioned renowned artists to create art exhibits and activities that captivate the mind and heart of young art enthusiasts.
Our favourite exhibits were:
Reactive Wall - Similar to the Emoji App but instead of manually typing in the emoticons, all icons will expand and fill the projector screen through voice projection.
Warning! Emoticons will be twice the size of toddler if he/she decides to scream to the microphone.
Everyday Wonders - Time to inspire my boy to create beautiful artworks by imprinting everyday objects such as clothes pegs, paper clips and keys on stone clay pieces provided by SAM’s bubbly gallery sitters.
The activity looked simple but my boy was pretty proud of his clay work that I am prohibited to touch it. Hmpf….
Ping Pong Go-Round - Being the worst table tennis player, the donut-shaped ping pong table was extremely challenging to play. I was pretty slow with my strokes and my movement felt a bit restricted as I’m not so pro catching ball in U-direction.
Well, my boy had a great time making me the ball picker of the day :P
There are more interactive exhibits to visit like Grow a Garden in the Dark by Tay Bee Aye, Dress Me Up by Justin Lee and 5QU1D by Ryf. For more information visit www.singaporeartmuseum.sg.
National Museum of Singapore (Till 22 Jul)
After our art therapy session, it was time to get my boy acquainted with some local history lessons.
Island adventures consisted of interactive showcases and dynamic fringe activities to let visitors experience 19th Century Singapore, a thriving fishing village bustling with trading activities, in a fun and enlightening manner for everyone.
Great showcases were:
Ahoy! All onboard!
We boarded a ship full of historical treasures, stories and ancestries of various merchants from around the globe.
My boy was totally intrigued by the archaelogy section which allowed him to be a pretend archaelogist and unearthed fragments of pottery ware imported by Chinese traders to Singapore.
He also managed to trace the origins and popular sea routes taken by various traders to reach the tiny port city.
A room full of interactive play stations that depicted the daily activities conducted by island residents in the 19th and 20th Century.
Kampung dwellings, early occupations and street peddling stalls were equipped with tools and props to encourage role-play.
My boy enjoyed being the typical kampung fisherman and eager to cook his catch at the food peddler station.
Do drop by this weekend, National Museum is organising an open house. Young visitors can participate in the storytelling, roving acts and sing-and-dance performances held at various locations within the museum. Visit www.nationalmuseum.sg for timing of performances.
Saw this cool 1950s telephone while visiting the Peranakan Museum. Funny thing is the exhibition text mentioned that I am Betty and guess who I decided to call…
Hello Don! Don’t forget to pick up the kids this weekend. Me and Henry need to attend a very important dinner this Saturday night. I’ll be the trophy wife and a beautiful Republican supporter.
Oh besides my tumour scare, I don’t understand what’s the fuss about me getting FAT. I’m just upset and stressed that no one is on my side and life moves forward ‘cause there isn’t a FRESH START.
It may have been Pringle of Scotland’s menswear showing at LFW - London Collections: Men - but that didn’t stop female members of the crowd showing a little bit of dedication to the brand. Pringle’s recognisable fall 2012 silver heeled boots were one of the accessories spotted outside the show.
What’s up for Spring/Summer 2013?
For those who’ve missed BLUEPRINT 2012 tradeshow & emporium, here’s a peek of what our home-grown designers have in store for you.
THE GLAM GIRL IN COLOUR
Stop donning black garbs and start wearing colours!
Pick Sofrie Jasman’s selection of chromatic cocktail gowns, the perfect outfit for the glamourous black tie event.
Inspired by the glamourous sixties and his idol - Beyonce, the Dream Collection showcases beautifully cut gowns complete with meticulous sewing details added on exquisite fabrics of satin, chiffon, knit jersey and brocade.
Sofrie Jasman evening wear retails from $200 for short dresses and $400 for long dresses. To view his designs, visit www.sofriejasman.com.
THE MODERN ETHNIC SINGAPOREAN
You might have heard her name, Priscilla Shunmugam, the ‘it’ seamstress for the perfect cheongsam.
For S/S 2013, Priscilla Shunmugam incorporate two concepts, traditional and modern, to create a chic women’s contemporary wear that embodies the unique Singaporean identity.
Prints Charming features traditional costumes sewn with a twist of western influences that equates to the perfect dress code for modern women. Highlights include floral mod dress with batik prints on chest and floral skirt with peplum Chinese brocade.
The collection retails from $279 - $399 or drop by Atelier Ong Shunmugam located at Hong Leong Building (B1-36) for custom fitting dresses. Visit www.ongshunmugam.com for more details.
THE WILD & FUNCTIONAL
Need a bag that portray the wild and free-spirited you. Well, Camy Tan has the answer.
Designed with elegance, the transeasonal handbags from Bali Tomali were perfectly crafted with authentic python and watersnake skins from Sulawesi.
All bags and clutches were equipped with removable hardwares that permit the wearer the freedom to refresh her style. Hardwares also function as unique accessories, a definite advantage.
Handbag retails from $500 and will be available at Quintessential, Pacific Plaza.
kiseki-boa asked: u said that = In pursuit of fair skin The lotion claims SPF 120 - for real (rolls eyes). Did this really work for you? B/c i was wondering what kind of lotion i should be using with the likas soap. I have acne and scars so i dont know if it will be okay for me. I was wondering where did u buy ur soap or where i can buy the original kind. BTW also did the lotion work too and where did u get it also? Sorry i have so many questions!
Hmm… I got my soap and lotion at an Indonesian Jamu store in Singapore. The papaya facial soap is good ‘cos my complexion improved but the lotion was lousy.
Well, my advice in pursuing fair skin is to protect yourself from the sun. Which is the traditional way, to cover up and don’t let your skin meet the sun - wear long sleeves, pants or umbrella in a hot day. There’s no soap or lotion that can do this unless you have $$$ to opt for skin bleaching with the aid of cosmetic surgeon.
As for the scar, if you have $$ invest in SKII miracle water, Natio Brigthening face balm or Clinique’s moisturizer. Your routine should be washing the face, exfoliate (3 times a week) and moisturize face with good moisturizer that are generous with Vitamin E. The same goes for your body routine but I use Citra, Bath and Bodyworks and Vaseline lotion.
I also use lime or lemon as an exfoliator, cut in half and rub them on my skin while in the shower and the ritual have pretty much lighten my underarms and eliminate body odour.
If you are on a budget, you can try look for products by Fair & Lovely which is available at any Indian Convenience store. The whitening foam is quite good but not a fan of the sunscreen though.
Hope this helps.
Imagine doing the trapeze and striking yoga poses while swinging in the air, picturesque in mind but a total klutz in reality.
The floating yoga consists of the gungho you donning the most comfortable sports attire and a hammock, which looks like a giant version of the baby sarong sling, suspended from the ceiling.
Exclusively held at Celebrity Fitness, I did my research via video surfing on YouTube. I love doing yoga and was confident that the first session will be an easy feat.
It was definitely an intimate session with Instructor X correcting our postures and four members smiling to each other nervously, except for K who was a yogini working out on her off day.
Instructor X was a tall and lean Spaniard with tribal tattoos filled his arms. To be honest, I was a little intimidated by his presence.
“Are you strong?” he asked.
“I try to be,”I replied sheepishly.
“Good, then we shall go HARD,” Instructor X said vehemently.
Die… I either go HARD or go HOME.
Firstly, we did the sun salutation that motioned all the way to the upward dog position with one leg placing on the hammock - you can either place the other leg on the floor for support or go superman with only arms on the floor to hold you up.
The second step was to saddle up on the hammock but instead of sitting on your buttocks, you have to shift the cloth to the right (or left) thigh and position yourself to the warrior pose allowing your thigh rest on the hammock. A taut hammock is an indication of a well-stretched hamstring.
The most challenging pose was doing air splits with the aid of the trusty hammock. A major upper and lower body workout that was similar to pole dancing and felt pretty much like ‘bdsm’ for dummies. My legs were jello and wasn’t too sure whether to depend on my arm or leg for support, can pengsan (faint) woh…
After the torturing pose, we finally got to sit and swung on the hammock like small kids at the playground - a resting position according to Instructor X.
The moment was short-lived when we have to position ourselves upside down with both legs entangled to the sides of the hammock, placing our heels together and hang like bats. The final meditation pose which was quite fun to do.
The overall experience was exhilarating. Backbreaking in a positive manner. I was sceptical at first but you have to take on new challenges with an open mind.
My advice is to concentrate on your breathing rather than worrying about safety.