Media Invite: National Gallery Open House – Common Grounds

Common Grounds will be back again this weekend!
Read on to see what National Gallery has in store for you!

I was invited to attend National Gallery Open House (Common Grounds) two weeks back which was the Gallery’s upsized weekend festival. Having informed that it will feature a wide variety of exciting activities, I decided to bring le fiance along as well.

About National Singapore Gallery

National Gallery Singapore is a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The Gallery is housed in two national monuments—former Supreme Court and City Hall—that have been beautifully restored and transformed into this exciting venue in the heart of the Civic District.

Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery will feature Singapore and Southeast Asian art in its long-term and special exhibitions. It will also work with leading museums worldwide to co-present Southeast Asian art in a wider context, positioning Singapore as a regional and international hub for the visual arts.

Common Grounds, the Gallery’s community open house, offers a fun day out for family and friends. With captivating performances and exciting art activities happening throughout the day, there’s something for everyone.

National Gallery Singapore Website

I met Ms Beverly who has kindly invited me to the event to receive my Media pass and package, which includes three lovely cards and food vouchers!

At the entrance, there is a table of activities at certain timings of the day so you can be sure to check out which activities interest you. Nontheless, I was pretty keen on Lindy Hop dance which was happening at that point of time and off we went to watch the performance. There are many other performances like Kulcha, Ensemble and drumming performances which we did not manage to see because of different timings.

Performance area

Lindy Hop is a vibrant dance that fuses jazz, tap, breakaway and the Charleston.

Along the way, we were approached by friendly staffs who encourage us to take picture with the painting on the wall, passing us the fish props to pose as well.

There are many other paintings which you can pose with and even 3D paintings are there to get you to do some creative poses!

Going up, we saw a few push carts which certainly brought me back to my younger days where I rememeber eating Kachang Puteh which was quite common in the past My favorite was always the sugar-coated peanuts which I was glad to see that the push cart selling that! And of course, we use our food coupons to buy 3 cones of Kachang Puteh. Yummy!

Kachang Puteh is a snack where wide ranges of nuts can be choose from to put into a paper cone. It was a common snack in Singapore olden days.

Old sweets

Bento stall

There are 5 levels for explorations. Map will be provided at the information counter:

The lower levels consisted of many activities ranging from taking photos at art exhibitions along the walls to kids activities where these invite parents and children to interact creatively through art making. There are also products displays which are up for sale .

Children’s artworks

Children’s artworks


Local art merchandises

Loving this style of painting by Sandra Lee

Beautiful notebooks

Hungry? No worries! National Gallery also has a cafe for you to eat and chill as well!

The upper levels contains mainly art galleries which display excellent varieties of artworks and scultptures by various artist including famous artists like Picasso.

Here some of the pictures taken at the galleries:

Like some of their artworks? You can also create poster of their artworks and send it to your own email using the interactive table DBS Singapore Gallery 2 (Level 2).

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It is happening again this weekend!

Common Grounds

Picture credited to National Gallery Singapore website

Right now, National Gallery Singapore will be bringing back Common Grounds for a second edition in celebration in welcoming 1 million vistors since their opening in November. Enjoy a fun day out with family and friends at the Gallery’s community open house. There will be activities like Art Alive! consisting of life-sized 3D artworks which are great photo poses, fun filled activities which include free instant prints, community art, art explorers for children and playing old school games at basement chinatown streetscape as well as performances and dances.

For more informations of the activities, please visit: National Gallery Singapore – Common Grounds

Date: 25-26 June 2016 (Sat – Sun)
Time: 11am – 6pm
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
Price: Free admission


Pre-wedding Korea Trip: Day 1 – Arriving at Seoul (Insa-Dong)

We started planning for Korea trip since last year in preparation for our pre-wedding shoot in Seoul and finally, we visited Korea for the first time in early April – the start of spring season! And yes, this post is way long overdue, so I will have to do some mind refreshing.

Day 1 – Arrival at Seoul, Accommodation in Insa-Dong

I shall skip all the usual ramblings of going through the departure from Singapore (Morning flight) to the arrival in Incheon Airport (Late afternoon). And we skip the hassle of looking for SIM card in Korea because we have settled that in Singapore by purchasing the SIM card for SGD$45 from Changi Airport and le fiance fixed it into his phone during the flight.

We actually book Airbnb accommodation in Insa-dong because first, I love artsy stuffs and second, Anguk subway station is in the same line as the Wondang station where we supposed to meet our studio photographer. The Airbnb was also conveniently located right in front of the Airport bus bus stop! Thanks to my brilliant planning, we didn’t have to pull our luggage around and looking for direction. Talk about time saving!

We didn’t manage to take nice pictures as we were pretty tired and we just dump our things around. But the pictures shown in the Airbnb’s website (Choi’s INVADING #2) are exactly the same as how we experienced firsthand so you can be assured that the room’s features are exactly the same as shown in photos 🙂 I never managed to meet the host but she was very quick in replying my sms via whatsapp before and after my arrival to Korea. So thumb up for that!

The best thing about the host is that she will also come up with directions on how to go to her place so that is how we know of taking Airport Bus (which cost 10,000 won per pax), or else we will be lugging our luggages around in subway in the peak hours. She also gave a list of food recommendations around her area so this was pretty helpful for us since it was our first time to Korea with limited korean language knowledge.

As it was already evening by the time we reach our accommodation, we wasted no time looking for food. Our Airbnb was located about 5 minutes walk from Ssamziegil (쌈지길). Ssamziegil is a shopping center located on the famous Insa-dong street, which housed many stores and cafes. I like the building’s architecture in a way that their 4 levels are connected with a spiral walkway.

Such unique displays!

We explored a little and found a small restuarant tucked in the quiet corner of the alley. I was pretty unwell before the flight and was feeling quite sick, so I was craving for something soupy and hot.  We just went ahead in without bothering to care whether their food was good.  But their menu looked good!

I ordered Soybean Paste soup (6000 won) which I was craving for while le fiance ordered Broiled Octopus Bibimbap (7,000 won).

Soybean paste soup

Broiled Octopus Bibimbap

I must say, the soybean paste soup was a heavenly dish for a sick person like me who was down with a bad throat and “chronic” coughing. It was not at all bland and non-spicy, the ingredients used was quite abundant! Le fiance kept stealing spoonfuls from my bowl and commenting that the soup tasted real good!

His broiled octopus bibimbap was pretty average for me, probably because I don’t have my normal sense of smell and taste since I was sick. But the boy said that it was pretty good but spicy, and still, he preferred my soup over his.

Sadly, we forgot to take picture of the restaurant though! All I know was that it was located right at the small corner, kind of isolated.

I was banned from eating street food by le fiance though, so we just wandered aimlessly around for awhile before heading back to our accommodation so that I can have a good rest early. I was feeling quite apologetic to him because I was not in a photographing mood, and I keep wanting to go back to the accommodation to sleep. But I was feeling thankful for his patience to cater to my needs. Great husband material 😉

Picture of the day:

I freaking love this picture!

We were actually walking along Insa-Dong alley at Ssamziegil in search for food and he suddenly asked me to turn around and snapped my picture. I love the backdrop! ❤


Food review: Ippudo SG – Japanese Ramen @ Mohamed Sultan

Ippudo SG Ramen Restaurant

It was just a random stop along Mohamed Sultan as we were famished for dinner, and it was already 8pm. And nearby was this restaurant called Ippudo. Being a blogger for years has me habitually search for blog reviews and it turned out that Ippudo is one of Japan’s top ramen shops and the founder, Shigemi Kawahara, is known as the Ramen King after three wins in the nationwide ramen-making competitions. So of course we have to try it :). So in we went, and we kind of like the ambience!

The boy ordered Akamaru Shin-Aji with Tamago:

“Ippudo’s original Tonkotsu Broth enhanced with special blended Miso Paste and fragrant garlic oil. Adding depth and richness when mixed in. Served with thin noodles, pork belly, black fungus and spring onions.”

– Ippudo SG Menu

Akamaru Shin-Aji with Tamago

I ordered Bonito Tonkotsu with Tamago as I preferred light flavored soup:

“Thin and straight noodles in Ippudo’s original Tonkotsu broth, blended with Bonito fish stock. Topped with pork belly, bamboo shoots, spring onions, leek and fried garlic. Served with japanese citrus pepper on the side.”  

– Ippudo SG Menu

Bonito Tonkotsu with Tamago

You can also get to decide the hardness of your noodles from soft, medium to hard too! The dishes came after sometimes and the smell of our ramen already wafting through the room, which heightened our appetites even more as we started to dig in.

The noodles I opt for is medium, and the noodle tasted just right and springly which I love it! The rich aromatic and non-greasy broth was also addictive enough for me to drink up most of it, together with the fried garlic and bamboo shoots. The pork belly were soft, tender and juicy which melt into my mouth. Simply mouthwatering!

Bonito Tonkotsu with Tamago

Love the fried garlic!

Soft and tender – Pork Belly

The boy did not quite like his own dish as he preferred my dish more as he said his dish was a lot sweeter while mine is more salty. He was kind of disappointed because he was expecting a saltier taste of the ramen soup since his dish included miso paste. And he commented that ramen in salty broth is alot more tasier and kept on drinking my soup from time to time!

Next, the flavored egg that we were looking forward to. The boy has fondness for the Japanese soft boiled egg and he exclaimed that it is one of the best eggs he ate of all time. I like how the yolk was so soft and just melt into your mouth as I savored the wonderful taste of it. Not a very good picture but this is the best I can do after breaking the egg into half with my chopstick.

Flavored Egg – Soft egg yolk which melt in my mouth!

We didn’t manage to try their dessert or drink as it was quite late and we were rushing off to his house with a freshly baked cake as it was actually his birthday on that day. We will probably drop by there soon or other outlets and try their dessert next!

Rating: 4/5

Mohamed Sultan
207 River Valley Road
UE Square
(Along Mohamed Sultan Rd)
Singapore 238275
Tel: 6887 5315


Lunch @ The Connoisseur Concerto (Pomo)

It was my birthday month so I decided to dine at TCC for lunch (due to 50% off birthday promo) after my gym workout with the boy, one of my favorite hang outs whenever the mood strike to eat pasta dishes or dessert. ❤ I was expecting the usual menu but to my delight, TCC came up with new dishes which I did not hesitate to try out since their pasta dishes are usually quite delicious to me.

First up is the new drink which was featured for this month:

Yuzu Grapefruit Tang’o

After the first sip, the boy and I were extremely disappointed with the drink. Because it was featured, we expected it to be really good but to our dismay, it tasted very bland and I could not taste any grapefruit nor yuzi. I wish I should have gotten other drink from the drink menu rather than trusting the drink that was the highlight.

But our disappointment went away once the snack came, which is also a new dish, Melty Mentaiko & Seafood Ragout Vols-au-vents. And we love it!

Melty Mentaiko & Seafood Ragout Vols-au-vents

The snack taste heavenly and we love how the mentaiko goes well with the seafood. It is very crispy and buttery at the same time, and i love how the seafood rag out “melt” in mouth. I would give this a thumb up! Well, in my opinion, anything in mentaiko taste good…such a pity the dish “Mentaiko Salmon pasta” was taken out of the menu. It used to be my favorite dish of all time. This snack was good enough to keep us patient, as we waited for our main dishes for close to 20 to 30 minutes. It wasn’t used to be long waiting time for the food but probably they might be understaffed.

Finally our dishes came and the boy ordered his favorite dish which is the Soft-shell Crab with Black Pepper Pasta, while I decided to try the new pasta dish, Clack & Clams Crayfish Pasta.

Soft-shell Crab with Black Pepper Pasta

The soft shell crab was really crispy! And I love how the taste of the buttered soft shell crab goes with the black peppered pasta. The pasta was tangy sweet with the terrayaki sauce which makes the taste even more delicious. And the boy happily commented on how the cod roe tasted so good when paired with the pasta as well. And that, I agreed.

Clack & Clams Crayfish Pasta

Honestly, I did not have any high expectation for this pasta so imagine my surprise when I tried the dish. I simply love the sauce! I was expecting it to be aglio olio, but the taste is much sweeter with a tint of creamy taste. Not sure what sauce they add but it definitely a blast. And of course, being a shellfish and crayfish lover, I love this dish to bits. I will deifnitely come back for this again when I have deep craving for shellfish pasta 😉

Overall, I would rate 3.5/5. I would have give it a 4, but the drink was really too disappointing.

Rating: 3.5/5
1 Selegie Road #01-02 & #02-25 PoMo, 188306


Featured of the week: Dessertini – Pandan Coconut Cupcakes

A delicious cupcake from wonderful friend which made my morning!

Pandan Coconut Cupcakes baked by Dessertini to make you drool

Look at the lovely brown and sweet syrup on the whipped cream!

Insanely delicious and the sweetness is just right.

If you are the kind of person who does not have a sweet tooth like me, this is it.

The best I had so far! ❤

Do hop over to DessertiniSG and like her page to get new updates as well as drooling over her beautiful edible creations 😉




Kim Bak Chor Mee @ Balestier Road

One of my favorite Bak Chor Mee (Minced Meat Noodle) I always craved for:

It was recommended by my audiologist when I asked for some food recommendation around her office after my hearing aids tuning. And I am so glad she recommended Kim Bak Chor Mee (金肉脞面)!

The pork, liver slices and braised mushrooms are the ones that keep me coming back for more. Very tender and fresh! I love the soup particularly because of the taste, and apparently, based on my research, the owner used to sell bak kut teh which explained the savory taste of light and slightly sweet broth.

A fan of Bak Chor Mee?

I always recommend this!  😉

Kim Bak Chor Mee (金肉脞面)
558 Balestier Road, #01-400 (junction of Ah Hood Road), Singapore
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 3:00pm (closed on Friday)


Lunch and Dessert @ Craft Bakery & Café

The boy and I are big foodies and we are always on the big lookout for new cafes to try. The minute I saw Craft Bakery & Café mentioned in the guide list of the cafes situated in the West, I know I have to try it. The name attracted me (the word “Craft” will always pull me), as well as the mention of the chocolate lava cake since I am a huge fan of chocolate lava cakes. Besides, I usually go to the cafe beside it (La Nonna) for lunch during weekdays because they serve awesome pasta dishes (Will talk about it next time) and have always wondered how the food will be like at Craft Bakery & Café.

So we went off for our next target in our food hunt trip!


It was already filled up when we walked in, thankfully there is an empty table for us. The ambiance is great and comforting which makes a great place for a casual meet up over brunch! The boy and I decided to order the same dish, Mentaiko Pasta, since we both love Mentaiko.

Mentaiko Pasta

The look itself is very appetizing, but it was a big disappointment for us after our first bite. The shrimps themselves were good but the sauce that comes with the pasta is too bland for my liking. Luckily, they got tabasco sauce on hand, which we poured quite heavily into our pasta and it tasted so much better. As I looked around, I noticed that no one ordered pasta dishes but instead, many ordered burger dishes. Perhaps their burgers are the winning dishes as compared to the pasta?


Next is the long awaited chocolate molten cake.

Molten chocolate cake with icecream for dessert

The inside of the cake

It is not exactly a lava cake to me since the chocolate doesn’t ooze out at all, so I was a little disappointed. But the boy enjoyed it tremendously because he loved the bitter taste of the chocolate inside. The cake is moist and the first bite was delicious so I will have to forgive the lack of oozing chocolate!

Overall, I think the pasta is average for my taste, probably because I was expecting a lot from it due to the price and I have taste much better Mentaiko pasta elsewhere. The dessert so far is delicious which I wouldn’t mind coming back again for dessert the next time round. Probably next time, I will try their burger if I ever decided to visit again for lunch/brunch 🙂

Mentaiko Pasta: 2/5
Chocolate Cake: 4/5

Craft Bakery & Café
24A Lorong Mambong
Daily: 9am – 11pm