Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cafe hopping to Chye Seng Huat Hardware!

Been to the Jalan Besar area a couple of times to visit a few cafes. At the same time, i've heard of Chye Seng Huat Hardware through blogs and instagram but little did i expect this cafe to be located at Jalan Besar. Well then again, it's quite possible to walk past Chye Seng Huat Hardware without even realizing because on the outside, it seem like any other building that is closed all the time, LOL The entrance to this cafe is actually from the side of it, secretly hidden ;)
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Upon entering from the "side gate", a rather vintage-y cafe greets you and that's how the actual Chye Seng Huat Cafe looks like. Perhaps this unique way of entering is one of their selling point other than their coffee. Read reviews that this cafe gets rather crowded during the weekend (in fact, all cafes are rather crowded during weekend, LOL) Went during a weekday and we got ourselves counter seats. Looked through the menu and decided to get something light and simple. This is actually the 2nd cafe we visited that day, and there was still one more to go :| #cafehoppinginsingapore
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I was quite delight that they sell the nyona kuehs over the counter! I mean this is the first time i see a cafe selling these old school kuehs. Ordered a Almond Croissant, a layered kueh and a cup of hot chocolate for myself while Don got himself a Italian breakfast ($12) - Toasted Foccacia with 2 Poached Eggs, topped with Pork Bolognese Sauce and Cheese.
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Chye Seck Huat seem like a really good place to spend your afternoon because of the low lighting ambiance, good music and it's not so crowded during weekdays. The decor, furnitures are all very vintage and good for photo taking. Not really a fan of coffee but i heard they got one of the best coffee around and i saw they have this black coffee which is served like a cup of Guinness stout, HAHHAHA If i'm around the area during week days and have time to spare, this cafe would definitely be one of the cafes to hang out at, maybe grab an ang gu kueh or two and a hot drink for the rest of the day.
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Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Tue - Fri: 09:00 - 19:00
Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 22:00
Closed on Monday
Nearest MRT: Lavender
Till the next post,                                

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Alive Museum in Singapore!

Update: Use the promo code "aliveopen" to get 20% discount when booking tickets online :D

In the midst of blogging my Korea travelogue (i know it's taking forever to complete, lol) I shall share with you guys a newly opened attraction that arrived in Singapore and originated from South Korea! Not to be confused with the newly opened Trick eye Museum at RWS, i went to the Alive Museum located at Suntec City Mall! Joyce and i got the invites from OMY and we brought Don and Angie along for this 1.5 hours of non stop laughter filled and photo taking visit! Having been to such illusion museums in Korea itself, i was quite excited to see what the Singapore outlet has to offer!
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The Alive Museum is opened from 10am to 10pm daily and last admission is at 9pm. We wanted to avoid all the crowd and maximize the time we have inside so we went in at exactly 8.30pm, with 1.5 hours to spare to take all the photos!
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A thing to note before i start spamming all the photos i took (lol!) is the "Photo Point" sticker that you can find pasted on the floor! These are the "spots" that the photographer should stand on in order to bring out the perfect picture! If you have no idea how to pose at a certain art work, fret not because at the side of every art work, there's an example of how you can/ should pose. Just let your inner drama queen/ king take over and pose like no one's business. HAHAHHA
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Honestly i felt that not all of the art work are easy to take. There are some of them that no matter how you take, it still feels weird and it's like you can still visually see the corners of the room even though you took the photo from the photo point. (i thought the above photo was rather obvious) Oh ya, don't expect every shot to be perfect because there can be people at the side of your photo due to crowd or side walls of a different colour etc so at the end of the day in order to get the best picture, you still have to do a bit of editing and cropping - which is what i did for my photos...

One thing which i was quite disappointed was the harsh spot lights from above each artwork which created these white patches in the photos. It might not be that obvious in my photos as i tried to use Photoshop and cover them up... I would rather the whole museum to be bright lit (like the one i visited in Korea) so there is no need for the spotlights :(
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But still, we had a great 1.5 hours inside with over 80 artworks and of which 9 are locally themed and unique to Singapore and by early 2015, we can expect more than 100 artworks in the museum. The returning factor would be 30% of the paintings would be changed every 12 to 18 months and during special occasions, we can expect special artworks!
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The Merlion and MBS artwork are 2 out of 9 of the Singapore themed paintings :D
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There is this mirror room about half way through the museum which Joyce and I wasted i mean spend most of the time inside camwhoring! LOL All the walls, floor, ceiling are mirrored and they have this disco light and funky music playing. Like as if you are in a club, HAHHAHA But one thing to note for girls, it's better to wear shorts due to the reflections from the floor and it's also easier when taking photos with artworks that require you to erm... "climb" or "mount". LOLOL
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What do you call a guy mermaid? Ok, i just googled. It's called Merman, LOL

Anyway, here's a good example of what i meant by the harsh spot lights which created the white patches on the photo. I know it's supposed to brighten up the whole picture but then again. Maybe one of minority that would notice it. HAHA
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The ones below are my favorites of the day so they deserve a huge space for their own :D
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Look at the huge difference in size!
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Skydiving is one of the things in my bucket list.
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Even though i posted quite a lot of art works in this blog post, there are still a lot others which is not shown here! There were some pretty cool ones but they were under maintenance T_T But all in all, it was a fun experience and i would recommend that you cater about 2 hours for your visit. (It was quite empty that night and we already took 1.5 hours...)

The Alive museum is located at Suntec City Mall #03-372, between Tower 3 and 4. Ticket price is at $25 for adults, $20 for children from age 3 to 12. There is currently a promotion now by the way! "Like" Alive Museum on their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/alivemuseumsingapore), purchase a full priced ticket and redeem a Burger King Meal Meal (Fish’N Crisp or Chick’N Crisp burger, small fries and a small coke) for FREE. Promotion till 30 September 2014 :D

Have fun!                                     

Monday, August 4, 2014

NOM - Bistro & Bakery: Somewhere over the rainbows.

The rainbow cakes from NOM Bistro & Bakery (By the way, the NOM stands for No Other Meaning, lol) has been making waves on Instagram lately so i decided to make a trip down just to try the cake! Food was not too bad, quite simple and affordable. Truffle fries was a little tad oily. Highlight of the day was definitely the Salted caramel 6 layered rainbow cake! (Other flavour such as Oreo, chocolate available too, $7.90 a slice) If you look at NOM instagram geotag, you will see 90% of the photos are all photos of their rainbow cake, LOL I would say it's worth a trip down just to try the cake :D
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NOM Bistro & Bakery
Macpherson Community Club Level 1 – 400 
Paya Lebar Way, Singapore 379131
Nearest MRT Station: Macpherson MRT Station
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm