Friday, August 22, 2014

Marine Parade Umbrellas Art Exhibition - Photohunt

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 Marine Parade Umbrella Art Exhibition.

PhotoHunt theme : Engage /Umbrellas

Marine Parade Umbrella Art Exhibition is in the Singapore Book of Records for the most number of hand-painted and decorated umbrellas.

1,000 umbrellas formed the art installation at the Marine Parade Community Club. The project started in mid-March with help from more than 500 Marine Parade residents and students from neighbouring schools in the area.

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Very happening activities in my community. :D

Students and their parents from Japanese School Singapore (Shingapōru Nihonjin Gakkō) engaging Singaporeans during the Colours of Japan event in Marine Parade.

We watched a Mochi Tsuki (rice cake pounding) demonstration, observed the Japanese tea ceremony and made mochi with sweet paste.  :)

This is a good activity for social and cultural exchanges among residents of different nationalities.



Fantasia by Escriba @ Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre (Part I)

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Paul Wakefield (Executive Chairman of Escribà Asia), Christian Escriba,
Patricia Schmidt and Joan Font I Pujol (Artistic Director, Comediants)

A preview of Fantasia by Escriba, the world's first confectionery theatre extravaganza. Opening at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre from August 22 to 24, 2014. 23 masterpieces are featured across eight pavilions.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience I do not want to miss. I felt like "Charlie" in the chocolate factory, so awed by all the fabulous sweets. :)

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Went crazy upon seeing so much chocolate! World's tallest chocolate fountain, Callebaut Falls, is 8.5m high. I had a shot of the rich dark chocolate. :)

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Edible animals!! So awed by these gorgeous life-size safari animals made of sugar paste, chocolate, meringue and pastries.

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The flowers in the jars on display are created from sugar. Amazingly beautiful!

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Escriba masterpieces : love the pretty 3-metre tall macaroon Eiffel Tower!

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Fantasia is the brainchild of master pastry chefs Christian Escriba and Patricia Schmidt of the famed Pasteleria Escriba in Barcelona, which has a history of 108 years. They plan to open a store in Singapore soon.

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"Fast food” sweets 
with Ong Eng Huat (President, Singapore Book of Records)

Incredible sweets! I tasted a hot dog made of candy and gummy. Chocolate Iberico ham!? Dessert-lovers' paradise! I was fed tasty treats of Escriba's famous chocolate lips, caramel strawberries and other desserts. I was so high on sugar!

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Fun entertainment by Comediants who flew in all the way from Barcelona. This Barcelona-based theatre company was the creative mind behind the Barcelona Olympics Closing Ceremony in 1992.

Escriba Academy@Fantasia where master pastry chefs the likes of Martin Lippo, Jordi Farres and Maru Rose Sanchez will conduct classes on various aspects of dessert making.

Fantasia by Escriba  埃斯克里瓦的幻想曲 (August 22 to 24, 2014)
Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Halls D and E
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Ticket Prices: Child: $88 | Adult: $128
Family Bundle (2 Adults + 2 Children):  $388
Admission is free for children aged 3 and below.

Guests can pick 12 food and drinks entitlements from an array of food selections

Food selection: Iberico ham croissant, tuna croissant,chocolate lips, caramelised strawberries, ensaimadas, tortilla de patatas, dark and white chocolate shot, crema catalana and Escribà hotdog.

Timings:
22 August, Friday ( 7.00pm - 11.00pm)
23 August, Saturday (11.00am - 3pm, 5.00pm - 9.00pm)|
24 August, Sunday ( 11.00am - 3.00pm, 5.00pm - 9.00pm)

Midnight @Fantasia on August 23 (Saturday) only
Prices: From $38 for entry to the event
Time : 10:30 pm to 2 am
Desserts will take on a naughtier stance at Midnight @Fantasia, an adults only party with potent cocktails, dancing and probably more.

Free Admission :
A chance to experience Fantasia by Escriba for free? Now you can! If your birthday falls on 22nd, 23rd or 24th August, you will be allowed free admission into Fantasia by Escriba. All you need to do is to come to MBS and show any form of identification to verify your date of birth. It is that simple. But hurry as this applies to the first 88 persons on each day of the shows.



Monday, August 18, 2014

Getai and a Seafood BBQ@ Pasir Panjang Food Centre - WW

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Live Entertainment at a hawker centre! getai performance

Singapore Crocodile King Tony Tee brought us to Pasir Panjang Food Center for dinner @ Hua Kee Seafood BBQ.

The hawkers were celebrating the annual 7th Month Festival and we were treated to an awesome getai performance. Live entertainment while we sucked on the shellfish. LOL

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It was my first time eating at this hawker centre. Tony ordered several plates of shellfish such as Zhoot Zhoot, gong gong and fresh cockles which came with spicy sambal dips.  There were also spicy cuttlefish kangkong, crispy fried squids, BBQ sting ray and oyster omelette.

First time for my husband and I.... eating zhoot zhoot and gong gong. We were so clumsy trying to get the flesh out.... poking and digging with a toothpick.... then sucking hard. It was hilarious.

Final dish was a plate of century egg salad. What a unique way to eat century egg!

The diners enjoyed the performance very much and some started dancing to the pop music. Everybody was happy and the boss of Hua Kee Seafood BBQ offered Tony some brandy :D

Thanks to Tony for a fabulous dinner and a terrific time.

Pasir Panjang Food Centre
121 Pasir Panjang Road #01-10/11/12 SG 118543



Friday, August 15, 2014

Curse the Villains - PhotoHunt

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PhotoHunt theme : Curse /People at work

While accompanying my elders on one of their temple visits beginning of the year, I took a picture of this Tiger deity.

Based on Chinese folk culture, people go to a Chinese temple that worship Tiger God to do a "villain hitting" ritual (打小人). The purpose is to curse one's foes using magic. :P

You may perform the ritual by yourself if you know how. There will be several elderly ladies in the temple to perform the ritual for you if you don't know how to do it.

One elderly woman performed this old Chinese ritual by using a slipper to hit a "villain paper" or an effigy, at the same time chanting to put a curse on the intended villain.

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villain hitters at work

I didn't mean to eavesdrop but the elderly villain hitters were cursing loudly for all to hear. :D

Most problems were related to unfaithful partners, rivals, gossips or trouble at work.

Saw this displayed on one of the ladies' stall :

The Ancient Taoist Principle of Reciprocity 
If you do me a favour, I will return a greater favour to you
But if you hurt me, I will not offer the other cheek. 
If you insult me, I will punch you; 
If you punch me, I will break your arm; 
If you break my arm, I will break your leg;
And if you break my leg, I will put you in a coffin.

Gulp.

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