Singapore Night Festival 2016

Made it to Night Fest on Friday and Saturday and here are some of the highlights for us. For a comprehensive listing, check out the Singapore Night Festival website. Planning to drop by again this week if we have the time!

The Festival Village tends to become pretty crowded the later it gets, so it might be a good idea to grab some food and drinks early on before checking out the installations and performances. We had fish skin, duck fat cheese fries, duck confit burger, pulled pork bun, and it was all good stuff. I really liked the coconut ice-cream so be sure to try that!

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Journey by NOVAK

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muse@SAM

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grab a beer at the Festival Village

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crispy fish skin at Festival Village

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with the husband

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KEYFRAMES by Groupe LAPS

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Les AquamenS

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silkscreen printing at wheniwasfour

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Centre 42

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The Waterloo Sessions

Ear-Piercing Milestone!

It’s been quiet on the blog because of technical issues (read: my computer is acting up!) but I wanted to remember this particular milestone. I’ve been trying to get Anya to pierce her ears for some time now but her answer has always been ‘Let me think about it.’

Now that she’s in school and sees that many of her friends have pierced ears, she’s the one that has been bugging me to take her to pierce her ears. We finally got around to it when we had some time on the last weekend of June.

I took her to Stellar at B1 of Raffles City (just outside the supermarket checkout) and she picked the earring design she wanted. The lady marked out the position for the ear holes, got me to approve the placement, then sanitised Anya’s earlobes. After spraying some numbing solution on the earlobe, she used a disposable cartridge to pierce Anya’s ears one at a time. While there was some anxiety on her face, Anya didn’t scream or cry so that was better than I expected.

We were given some ear piercing care gel to take home with us and told to apply it once a day after her bath and the lady demonstrated how to apply the gel with a cotton bud. Anya even got a certificate with her name and the date stating that she’s a brave Stellar girl. She’s so pleased with her pierced ears and the whole process was fuss-free and I’m glad we got it done.

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getting her earlobes sanitised

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a spritz of the numbing spray

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here we go!

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the anguish on her face

Shrek the Musical is in town!

I love the movie Shrek and was delighted to see how well it translated to the stage when the kids and I caught Shrek the Musical on Thursday night. The characters were all larger than life and we were greatly entertained by the singing and the lively dancing. I also enjoyed the development of a backstory of what happened to Shrek, Princess Fiona and Lord Farquaad during their childhood.

The attention to detail in the musical is clear to see in the scene when the fairy tale creatures get dumped in Shrek’s swamp. The fairy folk had amazing costumes! I liked how each of the three little pigs had costumes and props that differentiated them as individuals. We were also impressed by the way they brought the dragon to life through some very skillful puppetry.

While Shrek and Princess Fiona had loads of chemistry and were undoubtedly the stars of the show, Lord Farquaad really hammed it up for the audience to great comic effect. Shrek the Musical got the kids and I laughing and clapping along and is definitely entertainment for the whole family.

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Shrek being harassed by the fairy tale creatures 

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Do you know the Muffin Man? The Muffin Man?

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I loved how they manipulated the dragon!

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Princess Fiona awaiting her Prince Charming

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dancing with mice

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the fairy folk rise up

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happily ever after

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season:
8-19 June 2016
Venue: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Performance Times: Wed – Fri 7:30pm; Sat: 2 & 7:30pm; Sun: 1 & 6pm
Ticket Price: From S$65 (Excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket)
Internet: www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
Phone: +65 6688 8826
In Person At: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).

Pot-A-Flower Workshop with Poppy & Super Farmers

I hardly ever get to spend any one-on-one time with Adam so when we were invited to the Pot-A-Flower workshop by Poppy Floral Studio and Super Farmers, I knew we would have so much fun attending the workshop together.

We began by preparing the pot for our Pot-A-Flower project. Adam choose a piece of cloth and we stuck the cloth onto the pot by painting Mod Podge all over it. When the pot was done, we left it to dry and Adam picked out the flowers that we were going to use for our little arrangement.

I loved how we were encouraged to arrange the flowers in a natural and free manner like a little garden in a pot. In fact I left Adam to do most of the sticking in of the flowers and leaves, and with some help from the Poppy people, we had ourselves a lovely arrangement!

I thoroughly enjoyed that time of bonding with Adam and it was interesting to watch him working on his arrangement. He was very particular about the flowers that he wanted and was really conscientious about sticking them into the pot in a certain way. I’m glad we had that time together working on something beautiful.

There are 3 sessions of Pot-A-Flower workshops that you can sign up for to end the June holidays with a fun-filled time of craft and flowers. You get to spend a meaningful 2 hours with your child and bring home a floral arrangement to brighten up the home!

Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage!

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Mister Maker and the Shapes live on stage!

If there’s one programme that my three kids can agree on, it’s Mister Maker. They love watching him create art from anything and everything around him. We’re really excited that we will be able to catch Mister Maker live in his first ever theatre tour in Singapore! There are seven shows only from 10 to 12 June 2016.

During this interactive live show, there’s going to be a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of opportunities for audience participation and The Shapes! When we watch Mister Maker at home, the kids all get up and bounce around when Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle appear on screen.

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the kids will be delighted!

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watch Mister Maker in action

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lots of fun for the whole family

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don’t miss it!

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage
Season: 10 – 12 June 2016
Venue: D’Marquee Downtown East Paris Ris
Performance Times:
Fri 10 Jun: 6:00pm
Sat 11 Jun: 12:00, 3:00 & 5:30pm
Sun 12 Jun: 10:30am, 2:00 and 5:00pm
Ticket Price: From S$35 (Excludes the booking fee of $4 per ticket) from SISTIC

GIVEAWAY

We are delighted to be giving away one set of 4 tickets for Mister Maker and The Shapes Live on Stage to one lucky winner. The tickets will be for Sun 12 June at 5pm.

To qualify, simply do the following by Sunday, 29 May 2016, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Sliding Doors Entertainment’ Facebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me why you love Mister Maker.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

Imaginarium 2016, SAM at 8Q

We checked out Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea at SAM at 8Q today. While the kids had fun with some of the installations, generally it was a lot less interactive than we had hoped it would be.

First up, there’s Underwater Labyrinth by Janice Wong (yes, the chef) and the corals are made from 1,000 kg of isomalt sugar and 200 kg of chocolate. The installation smells pretty darn good but it’s for your eyes only so don’t try licking it or anything. You’re not in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!

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Underwater Labyrinth

Also on the ground floor is Dimana Mogus? (Where is Mogus?) by Indonesian artist Mulyana. The sea creatures and the coral landscapes are all crocheted from yarn! The kids liked this because of the giant fish cushions they could throw themselves onto but they aren’t actually supposed to handle the sea creatures and coral which was a pity because they are so soft and cuddly.

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Dimana Mogus?

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skeletal octopus

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viking?

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running from cushion to cushion

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that boy in the background!

Along the staircase landings is Apex Predator by Yuree Kensaku from Thailand. The murals appear happy and colourful but a closer look forces us to think about Man’s insatiable greed and exploitation of the oceans. Some kids may find the murals a little scary.

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posing with the wall

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the baby looking glum

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Adam and little N

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scary for some

My favourite installation was ADA by Polish artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski. ADA is a giant glowing sphere with charcoal studs affixed to her surface and she leaves her mark as she is moved through the room by the visitors. The marks are only seen when she sheds light on them. Be prepared for blackened hands and faces when your kid is done pushing ADA around!

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ADA

The series of sculptures by Thai artist Krit Ngamson was probably the least interactive of all the installations. The 3 sculptures reinterpret iconic artworks to explore issues concerning the oceans and pay homage to artists Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst and Salvador Dali. There’s absolutely no touching allowed. The kids got bored here pretty quickly.

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Damien, I’m finished

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run, fishies!

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Bryde’s Fountain

Suara Muara (The Sounds of the Estuary) by Papermoon Puppet Theatre from Indonesia engages visitors aurally with sounds of overlapping waves. The mixed media installation brings to mind an old fishing village that time has forgotten. Pretty interesting to look at but you will have to constantly remind the kids not to touch anything except the headphones.

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Suara Muara

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listening in

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not sure what’s going on here

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helping Adam with the headphones

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turning

Plastic Ocean by Singaporean artist Tan Zi Xi is highly thought-provoking, recreating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with 14,000 pieces of non-biodegradable items. Kids are supposed to walk through and not touch anything and they have to keep to the path instead of trying to duck underneath the suspended trash (in case of sharp edges, I think). The concept is really interesting but I wish it could be more interactive. I probably have enough trash at home to come up with something like this.

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Plastic Ocean

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14,000 pieces of non-biodegradables

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playing it forward

Imaginarium 2016 is worth a visit and encourages kids to think about the oceans and our impact on marine creatures. However, it is not very interactive or hands-on so be ready to supervise the kids closely to make sure they don’t touch anything they are not supposed to.

Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea
14 May – 28 Aug 2016
SAM at 8Q
8 Queen St, Singapore 189555
Mon to Sun: 10 am to 7 pm;  Fri: 10 am to 9 pm
Free for Citizens/ Permanent Residents & Children below 6
Adults: $10, Students/ Senior Citizens above 60: $5
More info here.

RK Eating House

RK Eating House is always good for a few laughs and their epic beverage towers and ridiculously tall tissue prata make for memorable Instagram pictures. We ordered the 2-litre tower of Milo and had no problem finishing it. I’m still waiting for the day I have enough people with me to order the 5-litre one!

The plaster prata is just awesome, crispy with a perfectly runny egg yolk to top it off and the tissue prata is totally worth the wait. The kids were so excited to see the gigantic cone and surprisingly, we actually managed to finish most of it. It looks structurally unsound but it will stay upright as long as you work your way down from the top. We had some leftovers that we took away with us and they were gobbled up too.

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2 litres of Milo

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Indian rojak

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epic tissue prata is epic

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the plaster prata is so awesome

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giant mug of iced tea

RK Eating House
1 Kensington Park Rd
Singapore 557253