Category Archives: About Singapore

. SG Design Week: I’m a Designer! .

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Guess what? The leather wallet that I designed and made from scratch is on display for the SG Design Week 2015! I’m no professional artist or designer; Hence it is such a huge honor for me to have my very own creation specially selected for this mini exhibition! Definitely one of the proudest moments in my life! If you happened to be around Bugis area, remember to drop by Maketh Project studio and take a look at the other handmade leather crafts. Support & Buy Local! 🙂 

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I have always enjoyed making handicrafts since I was a little girl but when commitments set in, life gives way to bigger priorities such as working to earn a salary, exercising to keep healthy, hanging out with friends to maintain a work-life balance. In other words, gone were the days when I used to indulge in some DIY therapy. However, a life-threatening injury that I sustained last year made me reflect upon my life and I made the decision to return one of my first loves and give leather crafting a try!

There are several places that offer leather crafting workshops but what that drew me to Maketh Project is the owners’ willingness to share their passion for leather with the community and give the masses (like you and me) the opportunity to create leather products based on our own designs! Yes, you are your own designer and creator! 🙂 Nothing beats the feeling and sense of accomplishment of being the ambassador of your own creation. Moreover, I like that the studio offers a hipster yet intimate environment that breaks down all pretence and encourages an exchange of ideas and creativity amongst like-minded people from all walks of life.

This red and black clutch replaces my “lunch bag” and it is designed such that it is compact enough to store my notes, essential cards and even, the mobile phone! My leather crafting addiction continues because there’s nothing more rewarding than to be able to design and craft your own products! 

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. weekend: bits and pieces .

Weekends / 1st handmade match-mini giveaway on Carousell / Becoming an instant ABBA fan after listening to the tunes of the ultimate feel-good musical Mama Mia! / Couchsurfer Newbie in action – Bringing my first couchsurfers from Greece & India to Gardens by the Bay and Float @ The Bay / Farewell dinner for Sara / Chilling to the jazz beats at WooBar, W Hotel / Our favourite Place – Off we go to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo / Embarking on our first buddy run together. So proud of little Simba for completing the run! / Girls Gone Wild at Montigo Batam 

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. Halloween @ Woodgrove 2014 .

Do you know that Halloween is the second most popular family occasion after Christmas in United States? Likewise, it is fast becoming one of the most celebrated holiday in Singapore, with people from all walks of life splashing hundreds of dollars on parties and costumes. Amid the many club parties and scary events, there lies a neighbourhood that goes all out to celebrate the spirit of good old Trick-or-Treat.

Halloween at Woodgrove estate is a celebration, like no other on our red dot. Every year on 31 October, thousands of people – locals and expats – from all over the island flock to Woodgrove, where the huge houses are decked in spooky and ghoulish decorations. Think skeletons and coffins. There was even a house that went all out to give this family-friendly event a dose of spookiness – It had a fog machine to produce an eerie atmosphere and several automated life-like mannequins, similar to those that you would expect to spot in a haunted house attraction! Darn cool. While some people had opted to don scary outfits for this event (Sadako is still a classic choice), you will be surprised to see that most were very creative with their choice of PG costumes. Some of my personal favourites are Starbucks and popcorn, family of superheros (Hot mummy as Wonder Woman and 3 adorable boys as Ironman, Spiderman and Batman), and mime artists!

And this is the reason why Halloween @ Woodgrove is an annual street party not to be missed; It offers the quintessential Halloween experience and remains as my no. 1 place to visit for Halloween every year! Unlike the past couple of years where I was too lazy to dress up, I decided to be a little more “hardworking” this year and went as Supergirl with her superdog (Simba)! The couple-matching costume might sound a tad tacky but trust me, it was a winning combination that had attracted A LOT of attention. So much so that little Simba refused to walk and had to be carried around because he was overwhelmed by the excessive amount of attention. Well, can’t blame him as everyone was cooing and fawning over the little Superdog – He was the star of the night!

To fully immerse in the traditional trick-or-treat experience, my mum suggested that we give out sweet treats to the hordes of people while on-the-move. Thanks to her fantastic idea, we became instant ‘celebrities’ and had a non-stop stream of trick-or-treaters of all ages coming to us for candies and chocolates … It was, I must say, quite chaotic! All in the spirit of fun and giving. 🙂 I might have outgrown the age of trick-or-treat a long time ago (!!!) but thanks to my ever enthusiastic and amazing family and friends (Soy, Swiss, Adeline and their girlfriends), Halloween @ Woodgrove’ 2014 will always have a special place in my heart.

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. The Entertainer Singapore 2015 .

Who doesn’t love a good deal? I know I do! For anyone who enjoys great deals like me, you will be excited to know that The Entertainer has just launched its The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app! Offering over 750 Buy One Get One Free deals for anything from the hottest nightspots to unique staycations, The Entertainer app and book allow you to save while you enjoy! That’s $89,000 in savings for you! Wow!

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My favourite part of the app is that it also includes The Entertainer Travel 2015 that offers more than 250 free accommodation in renowned hotels across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Why not pamper yourself with a luxurious stay in The Banyan Tree resort or Shangri-La Hotel at half of its usual price? That means you get to enjoy an additional night for free, when you book a night at any of the hotels under The Entertainer! Sounds fantastic yah? Time for me to hit the road soon!

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Bored of hitting the usual places in town? With The Entertainer app, you will have no shortage of new dining places or activities to try! Make this your New Year resolution to have an open mind and adventurous spirit to take on new and exciting things in life!

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Enjoy an early bird discount of SG$60 (usual: $75) when you purchase The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app before the end of the year (31 Dec 2014)! Treat your loved ones or friends to this brilliant yet very useful Christmas present during this season of giving! Good things must always be shared. 🙂

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Enjoy The Entertainer Travel 2015 for free, when you purchase The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app.

I’m sold. Where can I find out more about this amazing app?
Discover more with The Entertainer Singapore 2015 app!

. singapore writers’ festival – text in the city .

The annual Singapore Writers’ Festival (SWF) came to a close last Sunday with a light-hearted debate on whether ‘True art is always ugly’. It was my first time attending a literary art festival and I must say that I have been more than impressed by the festival’s line-up of writers and wide offerings of panel discussions. Most of the panel discussions that I had attended over the past 2 weekends were very thought-provoking and engaging. The festival explored a wide variety of topics, ranging from the process of creating a film from books to how globalization has affected the state of literature and publication. The deep exchanges among the writers often made me ponder on the hard topics and there were even instances where I was so moved by the power of words that I started tearing in the middle of the discussion. In addition, the festival’s multidisciplinary approach of fusing literature with music (mainly, Jazz) had aroused my curiosity to explore other genres of literature, such as poetry. I’m certainly looking forward to next year’s edition of the SWF!

It celebrates their writing, it celebrates their craft, it gives them a certain pride of place.

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Despite the fact that I was once a Literature student during my secondary school days, I must confess that Literature had never been a favourite subject of mine. If anything, I found it a challenge to write and appreciate poetry and prose. However, the recent SWF 2014 had re-kindled my interest to re-learn something that had long been forgotten. To boost the awareness and appreciation of Singapore poetry among Singaporeans, The Arts House, together with the National Arts Council, has kick-started a nation-wide campaign called “Text in the City“.

The Text In The City mobile app invite users to explore our island and uncover the stories and secrets surrounding these places. Take time to pen your very own poems for the places that you feel for!

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Appreciate Singapore poetry with Text In The City.

. weekends: bits and pieces .

Weekends/Eat A Lot, Sleep A Lot/ Second weekend at the Singapore Writers’ Festival/ Appreciate Singapore poetry with Text In The City/ Food orgasm at Hai Di Lao Hotpot / Happiness is a cup of coffee (or tea, for my case) and a good book/ The Reading Room – Book cafe by day, bar by night. / All dressed up for my favourite Halloween @ Woodgrove/ Beware of the Superdog

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. Singapore Writers’ Festival 2014 .

This year has truly been a festival of all sorts for me – From dancing the night away at Future Music Festival Asia in KL to getting lost in the enchanting wonders of the Singapore Garden Festival and watching an artsy film at the Design Film Festival; I have been very fortunate to be exposed to so many different forms of creativity and expression. Rounding up the series of festivals is one of Asia’s premier literary events, the annual Singapore Writers Festival 2014 (SWF). For the 17th installation, the organizing committee has invited some of the world’s most renowned authors and writers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon, 3-time US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, American travel writer Paul Theroux and best-selling author and activist Naomi Wolf.

Themed as “The Prospect of Beauty”, this year’s 10-days long festival (31 Oct – 9 Nov) aims to celebrate and appreciate the beauty in writing and literature. The festival features over 250 events, ranging from free public events to panel discussions, poetry-cum-music readings, literary meals and more! Want to get more bang for your buck? Get the festival pass and enjoy entry to a wide variety of events, specially catered for the bookworm in you!

Singapore Writers Festival 2014
www.singaporewritersfestival.com
Festival Pass: $20 

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The first weekend at SWF has been so enriching in many ways. I was expecting nothing more than the usual educational talks, where you leave the event with a few key takeaways. However, I soon found out that I was constantly challenged to open my mind to different perspectives that were brought forth during the various panel discussions. Like most people, I love visuals and pictures because they are easy to process; but the power of words is very alluring and should not be under-estimated. Words have the ability to give room for the reader to cook up a figment of their own imagination through fiction. It allows you, as a reader, to escape from the doldrums of everyday life, immerse in another world and get lost in the books. This is probably also the reason why many people prefer the original books to movie adaptations because words, or a good story, allow the readers to come up with very vivid and original imagery in their minds. The only constraint that they have is the limitations of their imagination.

There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.
– Diane Setterfield

While the majority of the panel discussions revolve around hard-hitting and literary topics, those who are looking for something more light-hearted will not be disappointed. One of my favourite discussion, named “Story of My Life”, talked about the life experiences and stories that inspired the authors to pen their own memoirs. Put a diva and self-proclaimed bitch (Godfather of local fashion scene, Daniel Boey) and a no holds-barred theater director (Loretta Chen, who’s also 1 of my favourite (ex)boss) together in the same room and it’s almost a guarantee that there will be lots of candid and funny moments.

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On the other hand, Sunday’s talks regarding humanitarian rights and the meaning of freedom in an oppressive country were much more serious and thought-provoking. Dr Mukesh Kapila, former head of the UN mission in Sudan, and human rights activist, Loung Ung, spoke about the need for them to confront global indifference about poverty and help break the silence of these people through words and stories. Loung Ung was so descriptive and intense in narrating her experiences of seeing her best friend’s brain blown off during an explosion that I found myself tearing uncontrollably. Then, it hit me – Just how moving and powerful words can be. I am not shy to admit that I have cried buckets over poignant films but this was one of the very rare times that I was tearing, based on the emotions evoked purely by words.

In “The Meaning of Freedom”, Loung Ung and North Korean defector Jang Jin-sung, shared about what it means to be “free” in their respective oppressive countries (Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime and North Korea). Living under a totalitarian dictatorship meant that they had no right to freedom (Freedom defined as having the power to act, speak, or think as one wants) and had to basically live a life that is dictated for them. Their sharing also reminded me to reflect on my own life, and be thankful that despite the many challenges that I might have faced, I am still very fortunate to have the freedom of expression and thought.

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