M1 Presents TOTEM™ by Cirque du Soleil® in Singapore

Spectacular! Splendid! Colourful visuals! Visit Sistic website or Sistic outlets to buy tickets to watch TOTEM™ by Cirque du Soleil® in Singapore! Catch it and enjoy the excitement!

Event Date
Wed, 28 Oct – Sun, 6 Dec 2015
Tue – Fri: 8pm
Tue (10 Nov): 4.30pm & 8pm
Sat: 4.30pm & 8pm
Sun: 1.30pm & 5pm

The Site open 1 hour before the show time.

Venue
Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee of $4 per ticket)
VIP Rouge (First row): S$328
VIP Rouge : S$308
A Reserve: S$188
B Reserve: S$168
C Reserve: S$138
D Reserve: S$98

Sat – 7 Nov ,28 Nov & 5 Dec (8pm shows)
VIP Rouge (First row): S$328
VIP Rouge : S$308
A Reserve: S$188
B Reserve: S$168
C Reserve: S$138
D Reserve: S$98
Behind The Scenes VIP: S$495

Travel: Xiamen

This was my 1st visit to Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. 这是我第一次来厦门,福建省,中国。Xiamen is a bustling city in China. It will be good to stay near Xiamen Train Station for the first visit. Most of the people speaks Minnan Dialect. If you know Mandarin or Hokkien, it is good.

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This is one of the most famous landmark on Xiamen Island when people are boarding ferry to Gulang Yu鼓浪屿!

Some of the famous attractions on Gulang Yu鼓浪屿!

日光岩-厦门鼓浪屿。

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Does this figure look familiar? 您会觉得这个图面会很熟悉吗?郑成功塑像 Statue of Koxinga.

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The famous Koxinga statue! 郑成功塑像

You will need to go to the ferry terminal to take 5min ride to Gulang Yu 鼓浪屿 to have a closer sight of these places. Packages are available at the ferry terminal.

Food食物

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Tried their famous Sha Cha Mian (Bought at RMB20). 尝试了著名的沙茶面。Should try it.

Transport公交系統

I love Xiamen’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT). I tried boarding their buses on the bus rapid transport system during my stay in Xiamen. 我喜欢廈門快速公交系統。Rm0.50 for a short distance ride!

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You will need to get these blue chips to board the buses. People will have to pay for the distance travelled from point A to point B. You should try their BRT too if you visit Xiamen!

Transport in Xiamen is very convenient from Xiamen Island to the mainland. You can see a lot of road bridges and see Jimei University 集美大学 along the way!

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Will come back again if I have the opportunity!

A Trip to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island),Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

My first trip to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island), Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.

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I had never visited this place before however, I know Pulau Ketam is located on an island near Port Klang, Selangor Malaysia. It is an offshore island and people have to take a ferry from Port Klang to Pulau Ketam. You have to go to Port Klang – South Port to take the ferry to Pulau Ketam.

South Port

Port Klang was known as Port Sweetenham and was renamed as Port Klang. Port Klang also has a KTM Komuter station where people can take a train from KTM train station or KL Sentral to Port Klang.

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You can buy the ferry ticket from the ferry terminal or buy the ticket on the ferry. Currently, each ticket costs around RM7 for a 45-minute ferry ride. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to spot dolphins during the ferry ride.

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Here’s the available timings for the ferry rides from Port Klang to Pulau Ketam and vice versa.
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Selamat Datang ke Pulau Ketam! Welcome to Crab Island! There are two villages on Pulau Ketam; Kampung Pulau Ketam and Kampung Sungai Lima.

I stayed the biggest hotel in Pulau Ketam – Hotel Sea Lion in Pulau Ketam within Kampung Pulau Ketam! It is located very near to Pulau Ketam Jetty. The owner of this hotel – Mr Andy Cha, is the village head of Pulau Ketam. He’s very friendly person and I enjoyed my stay in this hotel.

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You can visit its website at http://www.sealion.com.my/index-sealion.html for its different packages and room types. 1 of the packages do allow people to have private karaoke party too!

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Stayed in a room facing the jetty and the sea view. When there is low tide, you will love the sight of crabs moving about. It is not just one or a few, it is more than hundreds of crabs! Thus this place is named after crabs. This is only a small section of the area being taken by my digital camera.

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Touring around the island is a must. People either walk, cycle with bicycles, take a boat ride or ride motorised bike within the island. No sight of cars and traffic lights at all! It is best to wear a comfortable pair of flat shoes to move about on wooden planks or concentrate ground. You can rent a bicycle at RM5 per day.

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You will see a lot of salted fish and dried prawns on this island too. It is a good place to purchase a lot of dried sea products on Pulau Ketam at an affordable price.

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Seafood meal is a must in Pulau Ketam, especially Ketam (Crab). Fresh from the sea.

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Best to have a steamboat dinner there.

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It is also good to explore part of Pulau Ketam with a boat ride to see the different village settlements (Chua Chu Kang, Hokkien village, Teochew village, Hainan village) and the

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Temple in Pulau Ketam, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

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Enjoyed my stay in Pulau Ketam. It is quite different from the bustling cities of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia and Singapore. A form of quiet, kampong life on an island. No traffic lights. Happy people with not much worries. It was good to experience such simple life and learnt a lot. People must be contented with what they have in life.

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Hope to come back to Pulau Ketam again! Will update part of this post with Chinese Characters!

Food Review: Inle Myammar Restaurant

Welcome – Mingalaba! This was my second time trying Burmese Food in Singapore and my first visit to a Burmese Restaurant in Singapore – named Inle Myammar Restaurant. The word ‘Inle’ may sound familiar as there is a place called Inle Lake in Myammar. Just like there are quite a number of places named after Burmese places along Balestier and Novena area such as Shan Road, Irrawady Road, Mandalay Road and etc.

Inle Myammar Restaurant is located at Peninsula Plaza. Peninsula Plaza is located near City Hall MRT station and it is very famous hangout places for Burmese in Singapore.

I tried its set meal – $12.90++/pax (exclude 10% service charge and 7% Gst). Its set meal – allows people to choose 1 Main Dish + 1 Side Dish + 1 Drink.

I opted for Butter Flavoured rice with Chicken Curry, Saykalama “Bird’s nest drink” and Fried Tofu Fritters and soup.

Butter Flavoured Rice – I could taste the butter in the rice.

Burmese Chicken Curry – I never tasted Burmese Chicken Curry before. It is a bit spicy – acceptable level of spiciness for me.

Soup is okay for me.

I tried Tofu fritters. Quite okay. Small and crunchy.

I did not manage to take picture of the Burmese Bird nest drink. (the pink coloured drink). It’s refreshing and nice to drink.

Ordered a dessert –  Shwe Yin Aye aka Myammar Chengdol. It has Chengdol, sago, coconut agar agar, white bread and jelly served with chilled coconut milk. Full of tropical taste and looks. It’s sweet and I did not expect that Burmese also like to use Chengdol and coconut for their desserts. As I tasted Malaysia Chengdol before.

I thought that Burmese Food tends to be salty than expected. However, after trying their desserts, I did not expect their desserts to be sweet.

If you wish to try Burmese Food, do come to Inle Myanmmar Restaurant and try out their all day set meal. It costs less than $20! You can also go for their lunch time promotion as well. Quite affordable price.

Inle Myammar Restaurant is located at:

Peninsula Plaza 111 North Bridge Road #B1-07 (A/B) Singapore 179098.

Opening Hours: 11am ~ 10pm Daily

For more information, please visit http://www.inlemyanmar.com.sg/

A Visit to Eurasian Community House on 20 July 2013


Singapore Heritage Festival 2013 was held from 19 July to 28 July 2013, all over Singapore. I was delighted that there was an opportunity for me to attend some of the guided trails in Singapore during this period.

I took part in The Eurasian Experience Open House & Tour at the Eurasian Community House at 139 Ceylon Road (near Dunman Road and Tanjong Katong Sec School area)

Beautiful ceramic painting of Portugal port near the entrance of Eurasian Community House…

Eurasion Heritage Centre is located inside the Eurasian Community House.

Eurasian Heritage centre is open from Tuesday to Sundays from 10am to 6pm, Closed on Monday.

The volunteer guide for Eurasian Heritage experience – Ms Michelle Tessensohn

Ms Michelle Tessensohn did a very good introduction to the Eurasian Heritage Centre and shared quite a lot of interesting Eurasian culture with the visitors. I didn’t know that she’s the great granddaughter of Mr Edward Tessensohn. Tessersohn is a German surname as I know sohn means son in German (eg Mendelsohn = Mendel’s son)

By the way, Tessensohn sounds familiar right? Hmm….

Yes, it’s One of the Singapore road near Balestier Road and Race Course Road area. The road was named after Mr Edward Tessensohn, a Eurasian who came from Malacca.

Do visit their showcase at Level 1 The Eurasian Experience and Level 4 The World War II – The Eurasian Story and Level 4 Roots of Our Community to find out more about the interesting culture. Europeans settled in Asia and married local Asians and their descendants are known as Eurasians. Heard that a lot of Eurasians are active in media industry such as Cheryl Fox (Channel News Asia), Class 95 DJ Jean Danker and DJ Vernatta Lopez.

In Singapore, there are also quite a number of roads that are named after Eurasians at around Kovan Road/Upper Serangoon area (Simon Road, Aroozoo Avenue), Little India Area (Desker Road).

I managed to see some beautiful Eurasian teenagers performing Eurasian dance such as Jinkli Nona. The portuguese folk music sounds very joyful and lively and makes people want to dance along with the music.

Here’s the music with the dance (in 1 of the youtube videos):

Picture of the beautiful dancers:

Tasted the traditional Eurasian sugee cake (heard it’s quite difficult to bake this type of cake) with the wonderful almond smell… freshly baked from Quentin Restaurant at Eurasian Community House. Yummy.

It’s good to try some Eurasian food to understand more about the unique Eurasian culture with the fusion of European and Asian taste.

Perhaps you can come to Quentin Restaurant to try out some Eurasian dishes such as Curry Debal (Devil’s Curry) and other delicious Eurasian dishes. Quentin Restaurant is located at Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Road. You can visit www.quentins.com.sg to find out more about their menu, and promotions.

Quentin’s Restaurant – OPENING HOURS​: Tuesday to Sunday, CLOSED ON MONDAYS

Lunch starts at 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner 6:30pm-10:30pm and they do open till 12midnight During Fridays!

For more information about Eurasian Community House and Eurasian association, please visit http://www.eurasians.org.sg/

Free Admission for Singaporeans & Singapore Permanent Residents to the Permanent Galleries of NHB Museums in August 2011!

Free Admission for Singaporeans & Singapore Permanent Residents to the Permanent Galleries of NHB Museums in August 2011!

  • For Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) only
  • To all permanent galleries*
  • Valid from 1 – 31 August 2011
  • Not valid with other promotions/discounts/concessions
  • The National Heritage Board reserves the right to amend privileges, terms and conditions without prior notice

Conditions for entry

  • Singaporeans:
    A valid NRIC Identity Card (Pink Card) for Singaporeans, aged 12 years and above. Young children will be granted free admission to the permanent galleries when accompanied by adults who are Singaporeans.
  • Singapore Permanent Residents:
    A valid PR (Blue Card) for Permanent Residents (PRs) of Singapore. Young children will be granted free admission to the permanent galleries when accompanied by adults who are Singapore Permanent Residents.
  • Students:
    An MOE-issued ezylink card which has the MOE crest on it for Singaporean and PR students below the age of 12 years.

Visit our seven museums:

  • Asian Civilisations Museum
    1 Empress Place
  • Memories at Old Ford Factory
    351 Upper Bukit Timah Road
  • National Museum of Singapore
    93 Stamford Road
  • Peranakan Museum
    39 Armenian Street
  • Reflections at Bukit Chandu
    31-K Pepys Road
  • Singapore Art Museum
    71 Bras Basah Road

    Sam at 8Q
    8 Queen Street
  • Singapore Philatelic Museum
    23-B Coleman Street

*Changing exhibitions, namely the Abbas: 45 Years in Photography at National Museum of Singapore, Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor and His Legacy at Asian Civilisations Museum and Art Garden: Children’s Season at the Singapore Art Museum will continue to be charged during normal operational days.

Visit National Heritage Board website for more details!

So happy as I can visit NHB museums for the month of August 2011! Happy national day in advance!

Singapore Heritage Festival – Rites of Passage At Parkway Parade

Singapore Heritage Festival 2011

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Singapore Heritage Festival is held from 15 July to 31 July 2011 at different parts of Singapore to showcase Singapore Heritage.

I went to Parkway Parade to visit their exhibition on Rites of Passage as I live near there. The exhibition on Rites of Passage will be from 25 July to 31 July 2011 at Basement 1 level of Parkway Parade. There will be special performances from 2-8pm on 30 July (Sat) and 1-7pm on 31 July (Sun) at Parkway Parade as well.

Details of Singapore Heritage Fest @ Parkway Parade

At Parkway Parade, Singapore Heritage Festival uncover the customs and traditions surrounding the rites of passage in Singapore, charting the journey of the birth of a child to the many milestones that dot his growing up into adulthood. Also, SHF weekend performances promise to delight as SHF bring you an array of music and dance from more than five ethnicities.

Highlights of Rites of Passage Exhibition @ Parkway Parade

News of a woman expecting a baby is always a beautiful moment. It’s a special milestone in the lives of two married people and those around them. It’s the beginning of months of joy, and a lifetime of adventures. The birth of a child also ushers in the start of a new generation. What, then, follows the birth of a child? Find out in this exhibit as we take a look at growing up in Singapore.

Pictures of the Exhibits

Interesting, isn’t it?

I love these batik!

White dress used for water baptism for the Catholics

Q: How I feel about coming to this exhibition?

It was a very enriching experience to know more about the cultures of the taboos and habits when woman is expecting the baby till the birth of a child and the growing up process of the child. Such as ear piercing for the girls, when the child takes its 1st holy communion (for the Catholics) and many interesting information.

So do come and visit the exhibition at Parkway Parade to learn more about the Rites of Passage from now till 31 July 2011!