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Gudetama Cafe Singapore

I have egg-citing news: the eggs-quisite Gudetama Cafe Singapore is opening tomorrow on 30 November! I attended the media preview yesterday and it was everything I eggs-pected and more. The decor and food are eggs-actly what a Gudetama fan wants to see in a Gudetama cafe.

Some theme restaurants can look very good but the food may be a total letdown. Fortunately, Gudetama Cafe Singapore is by the people behind The Soup Spoon and Joe & Dough so the food is very decent. Also, Little Miss Bento is the co-creator of the menu and food styling so the food looks as good as it tastes. Will let the pictures do the talking so you can see how eggs-traordinary the place is.

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Gudetama welcomes you!

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sitting in one of the egg booths

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egg carton table

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how cute is this??

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with Little Miss Bento

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some of the food available

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just eat me already…

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bacon!

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so nua

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twin Gudetama!

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desserts

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time for lunch!

 

Gudetama Cafe Singapore
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-361
Singapore 038983
(psst, it’s really near the Suntec Convention Centre)

Tribal Tempo at Gardens by the Bay

Tribal Tempo is the first large-scale South African floral display in Singapore and we dropped by Gardens by the Bay a few weeks ago to check it out. We were simply fascinated with the breathtakingly beautiful proteas, calla lilies and gerberas. David was there with us too and he was more fascinated with the animal sculptures than anything else though.

It was surprising to learn that the arid parts of southern Africa has one of the largest and richest diversity of succulent plants in the world. Some 40 per cent of the world’s succulents grow in southern Africa! Since it is located in the southern hemisphere, spring in South Africa is between August to mid-October and the wildflowers of Namaqualand blossom during this period. And some of these wildflowers are what we often see (and buy) in the florists in Singapore!

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that spider though

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this makes me want to sing Circle of Life

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gemsbuck standing in wildflowers

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just look at the proteas

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a whole field of gerberas

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so beautiful

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never smile at a crocodile

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love the colour of these flowers

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pincushion proteas

 

TRIBAL TEMPO EVENT DETAILS

Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 – Sun, 30 Oct 2016
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome

Admission charge to the conservatories applies

GIVEAWAY

We love our Friends of the Gardens Family membership and highly recommend getting it because it gets us unlimited admission to ticketed attractions. This comes in really handy when there’s a crazy long queue for the very popular events such as Tulipmania and Christmas Wonderland. We also get 2 hours of free parking as well as other exclusive promotions and offers.

We have one Individual Friend of the Gardens membership (worth $68) to give away. To qualify, simply do the following by Thu, 29 Sep 2016, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ Facebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me what you love about Gardens by the Bay.

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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.

Cirque Eloize iD

The circus is in town! Last Friday, I took Adam to Marina Bay Sands to catch Cirque Eloize iD and we had such a good time.It was so awesome to see his face light up  with excitement with every act. He kept turning to me and saying Wow! and it was obvious that he enjoyed himself very much.

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all dressed up for Cirque Eloize iD

Adam was particularly impressed by the opening act of the very strong man who was able to lift and throw a woman with the greatest of ease and even balance her on the top of his head! He kept wanting me to try balancing him on my head during the interval.

He couldn’t tear his eyes away from the act in which one of the performers climbed up several chairs that were balancing on each other. He whispered that he was scared (so was I!) that the man was going to fall and was so relieved when the act was a great success. The bicycle stunt involving a member of the audience also had him on the edge of his seat.

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acrobatic skipping

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juggling

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spinning in a giant metal ring

I loved how the creative projections brought the set to life and transformed the stage from an urban setting of tall buildings to a busy construction site and many other eye-popping futuristic images. I was fascinated by the flexibility of the contortionist and when I thought she couldn’t possibly bend any further, she proved me wrong and blew my mind!

My favourite bits were the aerial acts of the hoop and silks and I was awed by the strength and agility of the performers. The energetic dancers that tied the acts together also made this circus act unlike any others I have seen.

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this had the audience on the edge of their seats!

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amazing control of the bike

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the most flexible person I have ever seen!

Cirque Eloize is an impressive visual spectacle that will entertain and wow the entire family. Catch it before it ends on Sunday!

CIRQUE ELOIZE iD

Season: From 27 Feb – 6 March 2016
Venue: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Wed – Fri: 7:30pm; Sat: 2pm and 7:30pm;
Sun: 1pm and 6pm
TICKET PRICE:  From S$45
INTERNET: www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
PHONE: +65 6688 8826
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Cirque Eloize.

Floral Watercolour Workshop

It’s been incredibly hard to keep up with blogging this year because things at work and at home have gotten so crazy I can barely breathe. But I have an obsession with learning new things and so I managed to make some time (with help from the husband and one of my aunts) and signed up for a floral watercolour workshop. I dragged the sister along with me for company and it turned out to be a really enjoyable session.

I think technology has taken over our lives so much that there is an increasing desire to DIY and get your hands dirty. There are so many crafty workshops available these days but I decided on Natalie Studio for the watercolour class because the location was very convenient for me.

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Natalie’s samples

We paid $95 (the price has since gone up to $120) for a 3-hour class and there were 7 students in our class (but I think it’s supposed to be 8 cos there was one extra setting). There were a few sheets of floral samples on the table and Natalie our instructor demonstrated each type of flower with helpful tips on what to look out for and common errors.

After each demonstration we attempted the flower on our own while she went around and guided us and pointed out what we were doing wrong (too little water, too much force, etc.) When we were done with the different flowers, she showed us samples of floral wreaths, taught us how to plan the shape and layout, then we painted the wreath with her guidance.

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my attempts at flowers and a floral wreath

I’m glad my first learn-something-new class for 2016 went so well. I would like to try brush calligraphy, some kind of sewing workshop, and maybe work with leather or metal as well!

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical begins with monkeys scampering wildly through the audience and the action does not let up for the rest of the 75 minutes! Wacky, lively and loud, Seussical the Musical takes the audience through the story of Horton Hears a Who! and Horton Hatches an Egg with lots of impressive singing and animated dancing along the way.

Horton the Elephant hears a sound coming from a small speck of dust and he places it on a clover. He discovers that the speck is actually a tiny planet and home to an entire community and he vows to protect Whoville because “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Along the way, he is mocked by the other animals in the jungle for believing in something that they are unable to see or hear.

The beloved Cat in the Hat is on hand (with his signature red and white striped hat) to provide non-stop zany entertainment. One minute he’s a doctor, and the next he’s making it snow on one of the characters. The other animals are dressed in cleverly-conceptualised costumes that make them seem more like humans than animals, allowing us to relate to their very human traits and to see ourselves in their behaviour.

Although the story went over the heads of the younger ones a little and is more suitable for children above 5, the kids had fun watching the show. Our favourite bit was when the Mayor of Whoville got the audience involved in alerting Horton’s jungle friends to the existence of life on the speck of dust, reminding the kids of the importance of standing up for what you believe in and the power of teamwork. I also enjoyed the spirited rendition of Green Eggs & Ham by the cast during curtain call.

Horton hears a Who

Horton hears a Who

the Cat in the Hat

the Cat in the Hat

up to no good

making fun of Horton

Horton and his egg

Horton and his egg

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: 
6 – 8 November
Venue:  Esplanade Theatre
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Fri, 6 Nov: 5pm; Sat, 7 Nov: 11am & 3pm; Sun, 8 Nov: 11am & 3pm
TICKET PRICE:  From $58
INTERNET: www.sistic.com.sg
PHONE: +65 6348 5555
IN PERSON AT:   SISTIC Authorised Agents

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from ABA Productions.

A Spectacular Evening with Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM

I have fond memories of watching Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco more than 10 years ago when I was still in university. I couldn’t get the performance out of my head for days afterwards and till today, it remains one of the most impressive and remarkable performances I have ever seen.

And now, Cirque du Soleil returns to Singapore with an breathtaking production presented in the signature blue-and-yellow Big Top. TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The cast features 46 circus artists, actors, musicians and singers from 17 countries performing an awesome collection of astonishing acrobatic acts.

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Cirque du Soleil’s Totem

From the moment the crystal man descended from the ceiling, I could not take my eyes off the stage. Anya was so excited to see a “human disco ball” and was completely absorbed for the duration of the show, occasionally turning to me with an awestruck expression on her face.

Anya chuckled at the lighthearted comic routines that took place between the acrobatic arts and was fascinated by the sight of acrobats on unicycles balancing bowls on their heads while also throwing and catching the bowls with great precision. It’s hard to say which segments were my favourite because everything was truly so amazing but the trapeze and rollerskates acts took my breath away.

carapace

carapace

Cirque du Soleil Totem

Cirque du Soleil Totem

hoops

amazing what they can do with a few hoops

unicycles

balancing and catching bowls while on unicycles

trapeze

graceful feats on a trapeze

russian bars

russian bars

russian bars

impeccable timing and balance on the russian bars

rollerskates

breathtaking acrobatics on rollerskates

With mind-blowing acrobatic performances recalling scenes from the story of evolution, Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. During the curtain call, the performers received a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience. This is a show not to be missed.

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: 
28 Oct – 6 Dec 2015
Venue:  Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue to Fri  8 pm; Sat: 4:30 pm & 8 pm; Sun: 1:30 pm & 5 pm
TICKET PRICE:  From $98
INTERNET: www.sistic.com.sg
PHONE: +65 6348 5555
IN PERSON AT:   TOTEM Box Office, Big Top on Bayfront Avenue, beside Marina Bay Sands.

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Base Entertainment.