Dinner At MarchΓ© Vivocity + We Watched The ‘Justice League’ Movie! :D

rosti marche vivocity

It’s been a while since I’ve been toΒ MarchΓ© but I’ve always enjoyed the rosti there. So I really loved our dinner date yesterday ‘cos I got to have the yummy rosti again with a generous dollop of sour cream. πŸ˜€ It must be the festive atmosphere which got us ordering the pizza as well, on top of my ‘regular’ large plate of “salad”. The only thing we weren’t too happy about was how the menu pricing for the pizza topping actually differed from what we were billed when checking out. *Make sure you check your bill + remember the pricing stated on the menus!

So here’s the Minced Beef Pizza ($18.90) which has a super thin crust. It’s a wonder the slice of pizza doesn’t fold in on itself when you lift it up ‘cos the base is too thin to not be flimsy. Thankfully, we got an extra topping of red chili prawns ($7.90 as stated on the menu, but it became $9.90 at the cashier counter, which was weird) as it looks like a huge pizza (12 inches or so) but isn’t actually very satisfying.

pizza marche vivocity

Nope. Not gonna order pizza again.

I do always get a large plate ($12.90) then try and stack as many baby potatoes and mushrooms as I can onto that plate. πŸ˜€ You won’t be able to tell from this photo but the mushrooms were steaming hot. But there’s a strange acidity to it. Not sure why. Even then, we ate every last morsel.

salad marche vivocity

Got some capsicum (which he likes) and zucchini (I think) with some eggplant. Gosh I’m hungry again.


Justice League movie review

Then we watched Justice League at Golden Village, as I’d won a pair of tickets to a private screening. πŸ˜€ My photographer pal, who’d also taken part in the same contest, also won tickets. So that was fun! I loved the movie. I would rate it 8.5 out of 10. I don’t want to provide any spoilers so… GO WATCH IT!

I have to say, though that while you already know Wonder Woman is awesome, wow, Aquaman has a hot bod! πŸ˜€ And Flash is certainly going to appeal to lots of people. And Vivocity has Batman’s Knightcrawler installed at the Level 1 atrium area. I thought it was cool but we don’t really get to see how awesome it is in this movie. Still, you can go take a picture with it if you’d like:

knightcrawler vivocity


The Battleship Island: Watch It ‘Cos Of Song Joong Ki

The Battleship Island movie review

My initial reaction towards getting tix to this movie πŸ˜€

I’m sure I’m not the only moviegoer who watched this movie simply because Song Joong Ki’s one of the actors in it. Watching him on screen again was definitely cool, but I didn’t quite like seeing his character slit the throat of one man in the movie, and later decapitate another. In fact, there’s not much to ‘like’ about the movie as it involves the atrocities of war, betrayal of one’s own countrymen, foreign occupation, the plight of ‘comfort women’, etc. The scariest bit? That it’s based on actual events in history.

While Song Joong Ki’s the hottie many people went to the cinema to watch, I think Hwang Jung-min (who stars as the bandmaster Lee Kang-Ok) stole the limelight. His on-screen daughter has a lovely chemistry with him. The father-daughter duo inject so much life, fun, and depth into this movie.

South Korea is awesome at film-making and they have some of the most talented and gorgeous actors and actresses. But what we tend to overlook is the supporting cast, who may not have equally good looks, but can sometimes steal the show with their superb acting skills.

Go watch the movie πŸ˜€Β 

Surprisingly Good Movie: ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’

War For The Planet Of The Apes

Pic Credit: Shaw Theatres

So he told me we were going to watch what he (jokingly) called the ‘angmoh monkey show’ (as there’s the Chinese version which is ‘Wu Kong’). Not quite my movie of choice for 10am on a Sunday morning, but oh well, every relationship requires some give and take. After all, if it turned out to be as boring as I’d thought it would be, I can probably catch forty winks in the cinema. πŸ˜€ As it turned out, I was the one shedding tears when one of the apes died, and I was also kept engaged throughout the movie.

My favorite character in the movie is that “Oh no! Oh no! No no no… come back!” ‘Bad Ape’. πŸ˜€ When he stuck his head out of the hole in the ground, he also somewhat resembled Gollum in Lord Of The Rings! πŸ˜€

Many people will be reading a lot into the movie… from the blue vest that Bad Ape wears to the references to Christianity. Yes, the Colonel wearing a chain around his neck with a cross and also ordering apes to be chained to crosses (and perhaps, also how he claims to be waging a holy war blah blah) are all quite cringe-worthy.

But I’m focusing on the themes of love, loyalty and sacrifice, and I find that this movie is a really good one. He rates it 9/10. I’d give it 8.5 ‘cos I like happy endings.

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Movie Treat From PA

Spiderman Homecoming review

The People’s Association (PA) ran a series of contests on social media recently and I was one of the lucky winners who scored a pair of tickets to watch ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ yesterday evening at The Cathay. And it was awesome! πŸ˜€ I believe PA booked the entire theatre 7 and we managed to get seats right at the back (I love watching movies from the very last row) and they were ‘couple seats’ without an armrest between the two of us, so there was LOTS of space. Catch a movie for free and relax with spacious seating – what could be better? πŸ˜€ Well, there was food too! And a goodie bag to take home. And they gave us popcorn and drinks too.

I think some people mistakenly thought dinner would be provided, as we were told to come by at 7.30pm for some “light bites”. It was basically some sandwiches and finger food. BUT… people who were ahead in the queue took a fair bit and even had second helpings, so I suspect there wasn’t much (if any) left for people who showed up late.

Always be punctual, if not early, guys!

Spiderman Homecoming The Cathay

And when it came to queuing to enter the theatre, it was chaos as well. One massive queue, which quickly split into two when we were finally allowed to go in. Because it was ‘free seating’, we were really quite lucky to get final row seats. πŸ˜€

One of the winners even dressed up in a Spiderman costume just for this movie screening (a PA rep explained they didn’t pay him). πŸ˜€

There’s Spidey at the front, and us at the back row.

Spider-Man Homecoming

I enjoyed the movie, especially when Spidey saved his schoolmates from plunging to their deaths. And isn’t it awful when you discover your crush’s Dad is actually the villain? (@_@)

Also, I noted Tony Stark’s reference to how they invited journalists and “not bloggers” to interview Peter. *eye roll* Oh well. Don’t invite bloggers to your movie premieres anywhere in the world either, ok? πŸ˜›

Shaw Premiere: Menu, Price, Review

shaw premiere tickets

I watched ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ on Wednesday at Shaw Premiere (Nex) and absolutely loved the experience. At the same time, I worried that watching movies in ‘regular’ theaters in future would just be plain disappointing. And well they should. Shaw Premiere tickets are about 2 to 3 times more expensive than your regular cinema tickets but expect plush recliners, blankets to keep you warm, and if you need a drink or some extra popcorn, press a button located next to your seat and the staff will come attend to you! Better than watching a movie at home! πŸ˜€

Together with our tickets were two $5 F&B vouchers which we, of course, decided to use since there’s no minimum spending required. Even though we’d already had our dinner at Nex (oops), we ordered the Roti Prata with Nonya Chicken Curry ($10) to share.

shaw premiere review

I like the grilled roti prata – it’s crispy and there’s hardly any oil. The curry was decent, with small chunks of chicken and potato within.

We also ordered the Cookies & Cream Cheese Cake ($6) to be eaten while watching the movie. (We ate the prata in the Premiere lounge area) The cheese cake was a tad disappointing as it was slightly dry and crumbly, not moist and rich like I’d wished it was.

Here’s the menu for Shaw Premiere, if you’re curious:

shaw premiere menu price

If you’re a fan of popcorn, you really should order the premiere Popcorn Set ($11). You get a glass of soft drink and FREE FLOW of Shaw’s signature popcorn. WOW! It’s just too bad that I don’t eat popcorn. Perhaps they can start serving free flow chips or fries? πŸ˜€

shaw premiere menu

Here’s a pic I took while in the cinema…

shaw premiere nex

You can recline fully in these brown armchairs. There’s a blanket to keep you warm too. And if the movie is boring, well, at least you’ll be guaranteed a good, comfortable rest well worth the price of the ticket! πŸ˜€

Β For 2D movies, tickets cost $20 each on Mondays to Thursdays (except opening titles and sneaks which’ll cost $25), and $25 on Fridays to Sundays, Eve of PH and PH. You’ll also be entitled to entry to the lounge, where there’s also a restroom you can visit (so you don’t have to use the common restroom open to all the other cinema patrons). There’s real exclusivity here. πŸ˜‰


I found the staff at the lounge to be attentive, welcoming and generally, very pleasant. I wished someone remembered that I wanted the cheese cake served during the movie screening though. No one brought the cake over so we had to get the attention of the person who looked like he’s the manager. And he brought the cheese cake over promptly.

I’d initially thought that the best seats in the house would be those in the middle but our two seats at the side (next to the wall) were better as we wouldn’t get distracted by the light coming in from the back each time staff came in with trays of food and drinks.

And yes, when the staff are serving people seated in the rows in front, they’ll block a small portion of the screen. *sigh*


As for the movie ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, wow, I really enjoyed it. Awesome as usual. And I love how those dead sharks can be re-animated once returned to the water. There’s action, there’s humor, and even though the seats are so comfy, I never once fell asleep! πŸ˜€ Go catch the movie if you haven’t already done so!

Hacksaw Ridge: A Must-Watch Movie in 2017

Hacksaw Ridge SG

When I saw my pal Samy’s post on Facebook that Hacksaw Ridge is the best movie this year, I knew that (1) I HAD to watch it even if I don’t really like watching movies about wars (YAWN) and (2) I’d better tell him (after watching the movie) that the year has only just begun. Hahaha! Turns out, he’s right! It’s a bloooooody good movie. I didn’t read any sort of synopsis before showing up at the cinema. In fact, I didn’t know what was going to happen in the movie. And it was amazing on so many levels.

For one, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I found out, at the end of the movie and just before the credits began rolling, that it’s based on a true story. Desmond Doss is not a movie character. The movie was based on his life. My goodness.

Two, the cinematography was AWESOME. The director, Mel Gibson, must be pure genius. The audience gets ‘transported’ to the battlefield and there are so many scenes that make us want to scream out loud in terror. Absolutely brilliant.

And I don’t want to say much more in case it spoils the movie experience for you, but make sure you watch this movie, even if you don’t watch any other movie this year!

I know what’s going to be seared into my memory… Those scenes in which Desmond Doss, his hands shaking and bleeding from the ropeburn, pleads with God to help him find one more wounded soldier. Those are scenes we won’t forget very soon. Like he said, he doesn’t hear voices in his head, it’s never a (two-way) “conversation” with God, and yet when he hears cries of “Medic! Help me!”, he knows that’s what God wanted him to do. What an extraordinary person, and what an extraordinary life!


We watched this movie with the 1-for-1 weekend promotion with SAFRA cards at Shaw cinemas. πŸ™‚ Love, love, love this offer. I know you will too.

Movie Review: A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

When I first read the book, I thought that James Bowen’s the guy on the cover. But that guy is apparently the actor who stars in the movie. Pretty good-looking, no? (I’m talking about the cat now. Haha) Knowing that I’ve read the book (and reviewed it), my darling actually bought tickets for us to watch the movie on Sunday, instead of getting tickets to ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’ which is what he has been wanting to watch. It came as quite a surprise, really. *muacks* What’s more surprising is how the movie has adapted certain parts of the book instead of following it *ahem* faithfully.

The first half of the movie was like a long drawn out sigh for me. First of all, I didn’t like the camera trying to film from the perspective of the cat, Bob. And secondly, many scenes seemed out of focus or nausea-inducing shaky. Handheld cam, maybe??? And yes, I know it’s a movie and perhaps a female is required somewhere but deviating from the book by incorporating a love interest in a neighbor? Not cool. I preferred the duo (cat & human) against the cold, brutal world storyline versus the I’m-supposed-to-be-living-hand-to-mouth-but-lets-have-some-tea-together scene in the movie. And the whole rubbing wrists part was kind of lame.

By the end of the movie, I had tears flowing due to the scene in which James gets clean from drugs and finds out his father actually kept a picture of lil James in his wallet all along. The next scene was a little abrupt, and left me crying and laughing at the same time… Fish screensaver, anyone? I guess the producers wanted the movie to end on a happy note.

All in all, I’m super happy that James Bowen had his life turn around so dramatically, thanks to a fantastic feline and an astute publisher. Miracles really do happen. I do hope people don’t decide to purchase ginger cats just because they’ve loved Bob in the movie and the book. (Actually the book’s much better) Thanks to the movie ‘Nemo’, the demand for clownfish soared. Keep your fingers crossed that Bob doesn’t cause the same for ginger cats. If you just cannot resist getting one, please adopt, not shop!

Because of the book, I became more aware of the buskers that I used to turn a blind eye to. You might think they aren’t lonely as they’re playing some musical instrument, aren’t they? But I guess no one really likes being thought of as ‘invisible’, or being treated as such. Show them you appreciate them as human beings, and that they don’t need to have an attractive animal around their shoulders for you to begin paying attention to them. πŸ™‚ And please… if your child is not for sale, don’t ask people like James to sell their companions to you, ok. πŸ˜›

Best Seats @ Waterway Point’s SHAW IMAX Theatre

Waterway Point Shaw IMAX cinema

I watched Warcraft: The Beginning at Waterway Point’s SHAW cinema (in IMAX) yesterday and was blown away by the sound and image quality of the IMAX experience. Ticket prices truly reflect the value moviegoers get, so you can pay up to S$22 for a ticket during “peak” periods. Off peak tickets are at S$19. Students pay between S$14 to S$17. At such prices, I guess most people will want to know which are the best seats in the house so read on! πŸ˜€

First up, a quick review of the movie ‘Warcraft’: I thought it was an intriguing mix of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord Of The Rings’ what with the hippogriff-like creature, all that magic, orcs, dwarves and all. After 123 minutes of screentime, it appears that there’ll be a few more Warcraft movies. The movie can get a bit boring at times (your movie buddy may just fall asleep next to you) and you might begin to wonder why you decided to watch this movie in IMAX. LOL! I suspect this movie was not made for 3D screening.

However, after watching a trailer, I think the movie Ghostbusters might be a better choice for viewing in IMAX 3D! After all, there’s nothing scarier than getting up close with a ghost, Β or having some ghoul spill out its guts at you. Haha! ‘Independence Day’ might be another good movie to watch in IMAX though I’m not sure I’ll like the plot ‘cos the trailer just seemed like a whole sequence of CG effects to me.

As for the best seats in the house when it comes to IMAX at Waterway Point, I believe you should ditch the aisle seats and just select those right in the middle. We sat at A5 and A6 yesterday – the extreme right corner seats at the last row. I found that I was sitting too near to the sound system and it sometimes got a little loud (@_@) However, if you have problems with your hearing then those would be the best seats in the house for you. πŸ™‚

Because the screen is so wide, though, I think I can only accept seats in the final row. Anything else would be too close to the screen. The other thing that’s wide is the space between each row of seats. You can most certainly give your legs a good stretch.

*Check out Shaw.sg for the IMAX family package; you can get 4 tickets at S$58 or S$68 (T&Cs apply) πŸ™‚

Waterway Point’s Grand Opening… Again?

Was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed this morning when I saw something which got me rather surprised. Waterway Point is giving out 500 pairs of movie tickets today, as part of their Official Opening celebrations. Thing is… didn’t the mall have its Opening Day in January, some 3+ months ago? How erm… strange. Anyway, since there are free movie tickets up for grabs, I decided to walk over and get some. LOL.

Tah-dah… after queuing for perhaps, 30 minutes? πŸ˜€ XD

Waterway Point Grand Opening free movie tickets

The queue was really long. But since the mall had generously arranged for 500 pairs of tickets to be given away, I think just about everyone who wanted a ticket managed to get it. πŸ™‚

Waterway Point free movie tickets queue

Elsewhere within the mall, there were also food samples being distributed. I joined the (very short) queue for free coffee just to get a taste of what this “Traditional Hainan Coffee” is all about.

Waterway Point Koufu free coffee

It tastes pretty good actually. Wished my coffee-loving BF was there with me. He’d be over-the-moon at receiving a free cup of good coffee. Haha!

Waterway Point coffee

By the way, it’s not the first time that Waterway Point is giving out free movie tickets. It has been done before. But I didn’t manage to get any in January, as they had all been given out by the time I got to the venue. For today’s giveaway, I think it might not have been widely publicized. You’ll have to be a fan of their facebook page to be in the know. *hint hint*

Waterway Point Cinema: Shaw Theatres (Officially Opens 21 Jan)

Waterway Point Shaw IMAX cinema

I don’t know where I got the impression that the cinema at Waterway Point is open 24 hours. But the fact is, it isn’t. Bummer. The cinema will be open as per the other Shaw cinemas elsewhere. There will be midnight shows on Friday nights and Saturday nights (eve of public holidays). At this point in writing, I have yet to catch a movie at Waterway Point’s Shaw Theatres. I hope to watch one soon. πŸ™‚

It is a suburban cinema with the most number of screens in Singapore. There are 11 of them. And it has aΒ digital IMAX theatre, the 3rd in Singapore.

Waterway Point Cinema


Mr. Mark Shaw, Executive Vice President of Operations, Shaw Theatres, said: β€œOur patrons can look forward to more Blockbusters released in IMAX like Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (release on 24 March) and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (release on 28 April) which will feature select footage shot with IMAX cameras.”


Waterway Point Shaw Theatres


Mr. Christopher Shaw, Executive Vice President of Film Distribution, added: β€œFor this Chinese New Year, we will be releasing sequels to box office hits such as From Vegas to Macau III and The Monkey King 2, as well as local film such as Jack Neo’s Long Long Time Ago. Audiences who are looking for critically acclaimed and Academy Award nominated titles can also enjoy a variety of films like Room, The Revenant (also in IMAX) and Spotlight at our theatres.”

Prior to the official opening on 21 January 2016, Shaw Theatres Waterway Point will be holding an open house from 18 to 20 January 2016. Activities include:

1. Movie Tickets Giveaway with Waterway Point – 500 pairs of free movie tickets will be up for grabs for the first 500 Waterway Point shoppers each day! Collect a coupon from 10.00am each day at B1, The Plaza, Waterway Point. One coupon per shopper per day, and each coupon can be exchanged for a pair of movie tickets at Shaw Theatres Waterway Point box office on a first-come-first-serve basis. Movie titles include Fury, Lost and Love, Miss You Already, Paddington, Shaun the Sheep, The Monkey King, and The Imitation Game. Valid only for same day screenings from 10.20am to 5.15pm. Terms and conditions apply.

2. Movie Tickets Giveaway with SAFRA – 500 pairs of free movie tickets will be given out each day to SAFRA members. Present SAFRA membership card and NRIC at the Shaw Theatres Waterway Point box office for redemption from 4.00pm onwards. A pair of tickets per SAFRA member per day. Valid for same day screenings from 5.30pm onwards. Terms and conditions apply.


About IMAX’s Digital Theatre System

IMAX’s projection technology delivers crystal-clear images. The dual projection system projects left-eye and right-eye images simultaneously thus eliminating depth distortion during fast-moving scenes.

IMAX’s audio system creates laser-aligned digital sound for accurate and realistic sound images with the largest dynamic range. This enables the sound to be crisp enough to hear a pin drop and precise enough to know exactly where it dropped!

Then there is IMAX’s customised theatre geometry, which maximises your field of view. The high-gain screen results in exceptionally bright images and unparalleled 3D effect. The screen is also slightly curved and sits closer to the audience, creating a larger effective screen, which is equivalent to a 20% to 230% increase in screen area.


Shaw Theatres is located at B2-11 of Waterway Point. If you’re heading to the cinema from the Punggol MRT station, take Exit A out of the station, then turn right into the East Wing of the mall. Head down to B2. πŸ™‚

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