Artbox Singapore: Expect Lots Of Rain And ‘Ponding’

Artbox Singapore 2017

I was at Artbox Singapore on Opening Day on Friday, but wished I had stayed home instead. There was lots of rain, *ahem* ponding, and more umbrellas than open stalls at Artbox Singapore on opening day, at 3pm. Though armed with an umbrella, we left the venue within half an hour. No point getting drenched at an event where not all stalls were open yet (some were forced to close as the rain was getting onto the food and other products).

Artbox Singapore

(bottom right) Yes, there’s absolutely no need for ice-cold Chang beer on a cold, rainy day, but it’s good if you’re seeking shelter. Roasted Marshmallows ARE tempting, though. Most of the stallholders seemed rather upset when the rain came. Only one bunch of guys had smiles on their faces – their ‘tattoo’ booth was located within an air-conditioned(?) container facility. The rest of the stallholders had to brave the rain in their makeshift stalls comprising of metal poles and canvas sheets. Once it rains, you’ll be reminded of the Chinese New Year bazaar at Chinatown – lots of people, lots of puddles, lots of stallholders scrambling to keep their wares dry. The usual MEGA pasar malam sort of set-up would be more helpful (such as the one I visited at Tampines over the weekend) – There’s a roof overhead for shelter for everyone and everything, and the rain cannot dampen the spirits of shoppers.

There are cool Kombi Rocks vehicles you can get a picture with… in the rain:

Artbox

I felt that there were too many stalls cramped into too small a space. And I’m sure more than a handful of stallholders would have their grouses – perhaps too few people stopping to browse or to buy stuff. The food stalls on the periphery should do well, but those selling knick-knacks I’m not so sure about.

Anyway here’s the map if you intend to head there…

Artbox Directory Map

Artbox Bangkok

Yup, this weekend is the final weekend for Artbox Singapore 2017. Would you be making a trip there? I won’t. Even if it isn’t raining, braving the crowded, claustrophobic space is not what I envision for a relaxing weekend. If you are so brave as to head there, please remember to bring your umbrella… Actually, bring a drone too and take a picture from above – that sea of colorful brollies should look pretty lovely from overhead! 😀

Artbox

Somehow, I suspect there’ll be thunderstorms this whole week…

weather forecast marina bay sands

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5 Must-Try Bar Bites @ Caffé B, Marina Bay Sands

Caffe B Marina Bay Sands

I had lunch with love and my photographer pal yesterday at Caffé B, Marina Bay Sands. I don’t usually visit MBS for food because it’s rather pricey there (even “economical” rice, or cai fan, at the foodcourt, can easily cost upwards of S$10, three times what you’ll pay elsewhere). So I was pleasantly surprised to find that there’s a Japanese Italian fine-dining restaurant which serves really tasty food at decent prices. And they all cost S$24 or less! Of course, these are quick bites which will go really well with the fine wine selection at this restaurant. 🙂 With comfortable seats, pristine white tablecloths and gorgeous chandeliers, the ambiance in the restaurant deserves top marks. It’s a pretty posh setting that is perfect for date nights, so… how’s the food fare?

First up, here’s the *drumroll*… BEEF CHEEK! 😀

Caffe B Beef Cheek Patty

Let’s just say that if I had time/money for just one item on the menu, it’d be beef cheek. Hehe! I’m a huge fan of this dish. I think the Beef Cheek Patty ($19) has been slow-cooked to perfection. I like the pairing with beet root on top too! 🙂 Order this! Portion size is just right for one person, so tell your fellow diners to order their own. 😀 If you’d like some wine, you can pair this with the Vignamaggio Gherardino Chianti Classico DOCG 2013.

Caffe B Smoked Salmon on Almond Biscuit

I don’t usually eat smoked salmon because of health reasons but what’s served here is really good. The smoked salmon has been marinated with garlic, italian parsley and extra virgin olive oil, and doesn’t taste too salty. It sits atop almond biscuits that are sweet, chunky and offer really good ‘bite’. I kinda fell in love when I bit into this. I know it’s a fancy restaurant and all, and the location is MBS, but just pick this up with bare hands and sink your teeth into it. My pal insisted on sawing away at the biscuit with knife and fork, and I think he missed out on the yummy crunch you’ll only get if you bite off a large chunk yourself. Definitely order the Smoked Salmon on Almond Biscuit ($15).

Caffe B Miso Chilean White Cod Burger

It’s been a while since I’ve tasted cod in a burger. This Miso Chilean White Cod Burger ($19) comes with marinated cubes of cod coated with miso (can’t really taste it though), egg, mirin and bread crumbs. You’ll probably also love the caramelized onion like I did. Together with cheese, tomato and gherkin (a pickle), it is one burger you’ll want to order again on your next visit.

Caffe B Beef Tripe Burger

Truth be told, I did not expect the Beef Tripe Burger ($20) to be delicious. But I knew my love would relish this kind of culinary ‘adventure’. Beef tripe comes from the lining of a cow’s stomach (how erm… appetizing) and in this burger, it tastes spicy, tender and overall, quite yummy.

And finally, since we’re on the topic of burgers, there’s the Wagyu Rump Beef Burger ($24)

Caffe B Wagyu Rump Beef Burger

The beef is very well-seasoned and tender, and the burger (or slider, if you will) is just the right size for ladies on a diet (i.e. me) or those who want to have a ‘burger’ yet still have enough stomach space for other items on the menu. Great for sharing if you’re on a date – one for you, and one for me. Gets tricky when you have three people. 😀

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Caffe B Menu

Apart from the 5 items I’ve recommended above, there’s also the Chicken & Japanese Leek Skewers ($14), Crispy Maguro Tacos ($15) and the Deep Fried Potato Skin ($16) that you may want to try. Personally, I do not fancy chicken skewers nor tacos, but since my dining companions like them, I’d say the taste is very much a matter of preference. As for the potato skin that comes with a blend of Chili Con Carne, it both smells and tastes fantastic. Not too sure if I’d pay $16 for potato and chili, but I’m sure other people won’t mind.

If you’re at Marina Bay Sands and you want good wine and tasty food to go along with it, pop by Caffé B at B1-15. Tel: 6887 3311.

15 Things I Learnt From Randi Zuckerberg, Sister Of Facebook’s Founder

Randi Zuckerberg

I’ve recently posted about the Women Of Wealth And Abundance event at Marina Bay Sands, where Randi Zuckerberg was keynote speaker. She has a cool $100 million net worth, and we were all super excited about meeting her over the weekend. What I had not expected was how good a speaker / presenter she is. She blew us away with her sharing on her life, the biggest tech trends to think about, and why it’s important to unplug. 🙂 If you did not attend the event yesterday, well, you’re in luck because in this post, I’ll be sharing with you about the 15 things I learnt from Randi Zuckerberg. 🙂 #YouAreWelcome

The Importance Of Allowing Employees Freedom To Be Creative

Randi was the one who came up with the Facebook ‘live’ function, during one of Facebook’s Hackathon projects. She’d thought it would be a dismal failure… till she was notified that Katy Perry wanted to announce her world tour via Facebook ‘live’. Then other celebrities like Mandy Moore and Jessica Alba came on board. Small startups joined too and got a boost (one such startup was what we know as Twitter today). Eventually, the White House also called: President Obama wanted to do a town hall via FB live. Randi was also nominated for an Emmy award because of FB live! Not too shabby for someone who doesn’t have a degree in Engineering and has “never written code” in her life, eh!

As a non-hacker, she created FB live in a hackathon for fun. And her message? Don’t let “I’m not an engineer” stop you. 🙂 Randi also shared that Google, for example, allows employees to work on individual creative projects 20% of the time they work there. And she encouraged us to take part in (or organize) hackathons in our various industries. It could be called a ‘Think-a-thon’, ‘Create-a-thon’, etc. And this idea applies to just about ANY industry!

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Friends with Randi Zuckerberg

My pals with the gorgeous Randi who has a megawatt smile 😀 Jameson runs the events management company, Marvele, and Engel, evogue. What a formidable tag team! 🙂

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Everyone clamoring to get a picture of Randi:

Randi Zuckerberg

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Randi: Biggest Technology Trends To Think About

Randi loves YouTube, Facebook (of course), LinkedIn (she joined their influencer program), Instagram (She recommends the account @HotDudesReading, and Twitter (because of FB’s algorithm, your friends may not see something you post till the next day).

  1. Get creative with your resume: Upload on Amazon? Video resume on Vine?
  2. Think like an entertainer; get people excited about your product. Redbull sees itself as a sports media company. 100 million people watched their video about the highest free jump.
  3. Carlsberg beer billboards with kegs in them so you can pour a beer for yourself. Google Glass worn by a model walking on the runway… shows a fashion show from her perspective.
  4. Possible to destroy your career in one tweet – Remember the “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS…” tweet? You get a megaphone with social media, but being thoughtless comes with a big price.
  5. Start girls early on tech. Why do girls get dolls but guys get to start on video games? (TYNKER, Primo Cubetto, robotiky, wonder, Mattel Apptivity seat, Heads Up, Bankaroo, i potty).
  6. 3D PRINTING! Everything from kayaks to bridges and pasta.
  7. Virtual Reality and Robots. VR has been used to help cure people who have a phobia of heights!
  8. Selfie drone? How about a drone that delivers champagne to you?
  9. Manicures that can detect date rape drugs, or which glows when it detects wifi.
  10. dot com(plicated) Good: Sensorwake – alarm that wakes you with smell of fresh croissants. Not So Cool: Tikker – the happiness watch which counts down minutes you have in life. How about having keys to the office injected into employees’ arms?!
  11. Gamification for motivation – icukoo: if you hit the snooze button = donate money to charity.
  12. Nike+ app… so Randi can post to FB that she is going for a run. 1 like on the post = cheers in her ears via earphones. 🙂 Zombies Run… you have to run to escape zombies, and to save the world = real Dead-ication to fitness! 😉
  13. For the courageous or the thin-skinned… GymShamer – texts your friends if you are too lazy to go to the gym. Withings – a scale that tweets your weight. How about an app that teaches couples to dance together?

Final Trend: Unplug to Refresh

I’m with Randi on this. She says that technology is there to bring you closer to things you love, so don’t let tech become a barrier. Such a coincidence that she said this just after lunch, when I had witnessed a family dining at MBS – the mother and children were enjoying the food, while the dad was busy (presumably) working on TWO phones. It’s like he was there physically for a meal with his beautiful family in a gorgeous location, but his mind was elsewhere. How sad.

Do you have a healthy relationship with technology? Randi’s friend has a child who (mistakenly) thinks laptops are where his grandpa resides – a product of Skype-ing too much.

Some questionable uses of technology include The Breakup App or the BroApp which you can use to send pre-programmed texts that your girl will get throughout the week.

And just what would women give up instead of giving up their phone for a weekend? A survey showed they would be happy to give up for a year: chocolate, coffee, wine, and even sex! And for some men, perhaps we need The Offline Glass, which is a beer glass which only stands upright if you put a phone under it.

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Randi has written a children’s book titled ‘Dot’ which might also have its own TV show in September. For the adults, she has also published the book ‘Dot Complicated’.

As Randi’s dream in life is to sing on Broadway (and she has accomplished that!), she performed a song for us as a fitting close to her presentation. 🙂

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A picture taken during the 1st day of the Women of Wealth & Abundance event:

Women Of Wealth and Abundance

Ladies, be sure to attend the next WOWA event. It’s truly worth the time and effort, and you get to learn from inspirational female figures! 🙂

Ladies, Meet Randi Zuckerberg This Weekend At MBS! :D

Women of Wealth And Abundance

I’m very excited about meeting Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, this weekend at Marina Bay Sands! 😀 I’ve been told that Randi has a net worth of $100 million (like… WOW?!) and she’s the former Director of Marketing at Facebook. Most of the seats have been snapped up already (‘cos tickets are FREE!) so hurry and register here if you want to grab one of the last few seats available: http://wowalive.com/grace-gift

But wait… WHAT IF you already have other plans for this weekend?! 

Well, it’s the first time this event is being organized, and if you miss it, I really have no idea when the next run will be. So if you like the lineup of speakers, and believe that you will learn something of value that will change your life for the better, then do whatever it takes to be there this weekend at MBS. 🙂 Here’s what you can expect from the speakers…

A Sneak Peak At The Speakers’ & Topics:

Randi Zuckerberg – “Finding the Balance, how to be a three-dimensional woman in today’s digital age”
Former head of Marketing at Facebook and sister of Mark Zuckerberg (CEO & Founder of Facebook). Randi is an entrepreneur, best selling author, investor, public speaker, and media personality, passionate advocate for women in entrepreneurship and leadership. Net worth over $100 Million.

Yassmin Abdel-Magedi – “Making a Difference, Being the Change”
Top TED Talk speaker, best selling author, mechanical engineer, social advocate.

Brenda Tan – “Regain Your Power”
Best selling author, event host, women’s relationship coach, entrepreneur.

Alexi Panos – “Woman’s Secret To Happiness”
Author, TV presenter (HGTV, MTV), actress, philanthropist… the “IT” girl in the personal development world.

Emma Tiebens – “Relationships = Success”
Author, relational marketing branding expert, network to success, entrepreneur.

Linda Hollander – “Fund Your Cause, Charity or Passion Project”
Author, passion project funding and sponsorship acquisition expert.

Lynn Rose – “Speak From the Heart & Reach Your Goals”
Author, founder of the WOW Factor for speaking & communicating,
connecting to your authentic self.

Suria Mohd – “Positive Parenting – Pays Big Dividends”
Author, positive parenting speaker, women’s empowerment trainer.

There are many fringe activities (lucky draws, fashion show, yoga session, etc) so I know this weekend is going to be pretty exciting! But what I’m looking forward to THE MOST is getting to hear from all these amazing women. Lots of love to the organizers for putting this event together, and OH MY GOODNESS for bringing Randi Zuckerberg here to meet us all. It’s incredible! 😀

Ladies, do whatever it takes (I know you can do it) to make sure you secure a seat at this event. It’s free for you to attend, and there’s so much value the speakers will be bringing to us. I’ll see you there! 🙂

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12 – 13 Mar 2016
9am – 6pm
Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Level 4, Roselle Grand Ballroom

-> http://wowalive.com/grace-gift <-

Things To Do In Singapore In 1-Day: My Indonesian Friend’s Visit :D

I’ve been SO BUSY recently. Among the many things I’ve been doing is taking my pals around Singapore. Previously, my Vietnamese friends came by (read the blogpost here), then a Cambodian (*no time to blog about his trip yet*) and my Indonesian pal just left Singapore today. One day is definitely NOT SUFFICIENT for visiting Singapore, as it will be a crazy rush from attraction to attraction, so please do not attempt this unless you have absolutely no choice. In any case, here are some suggestions for things to do in Singapore. Whether you are a tourist planning a trip to Singapore, or a Singaporean wondering where you should take your pals to when they come here to visit you, I hope this blogpost is useful to you. 🙂

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I met my pal at the airport in the morning around 8am, and we popped by Tampines Swimming Complex thereafter (it opens at 8am). A shower plus swim would be a delight for most tourists, I guess. In fact, I want nothing more than a hot shower after a flight to get rid of tiredness and to feel refreshed. 🙂 Tampines Swimming Complex on a Friday morning is not very crowded at all, and we sure did enjoy the swim.

Then it was a quick (and light) brunch at Century Square before we headed to Hotel Grand Pacific for a buffet lunch. At Tampines Mall, my pal also bought a tin of cookies from Bengawan Solo. When I’d visited him in Surabaya previously, I brought him a gift of cookies from Bengawan Solo, and he and his family liked the cookies so much that he (also) came here for more. 😀

The dessert corner at Sun’s Cafe in Hotel Grand Pacific:

Hotel Grand Pacific Sun's Cafe lunch buffet

I’ll do a more detailed post regarding the buffet later. Suffice to say now that it’s good value for money if you’ve bought a Groupon voucher. The staff are pretty friendly too.

The view from level 10 of the National Library:

Singapore National Library

After lunch, we visited the National Library which was around the corner, and we also went to Bugis+, Bugis Junction, Bugis Street, etc.

Maple Lodge (hostel) is right outside Exit A of Chinatown MRT station (on the left) –

Singapore Chinatown Maple Lodge

Then we went to his hostel at Chinatown – Maple Lodge – which is SO conveniently located just a few steps away from Exit A of Chinatown MRT station. If you’re a ‘backpacker’ visiting Singapore, here’s a good place to stay for just S$15 a night. Check-in time is at 3pm, or so I was told.

With check-in completed, and luggage deposited, we headed to Merlion Park, which is like the MUST-VISIT place for most tourists who want to get that obligatory photo with one of the merlions. We spotted a couple in full wedding attire getting their photoshoot done. The weather was SO hot then! Bless their souls. The bride did not seem to mind at all – no complaints heard – so I guess the groom made a fantastic choice. Hehe! Happy marriage, y’all!

Singapore Merlion Park

Thankfully, I’d thought of buying ice cream when we exited Raffles Place MRT station. If you’re walking towards Exit H, you’ll see a Mr Bean outlet. I bought ice cream for all 3 of us (me, my Indonesian pal, and another Malaysian pal currently studying in Singapore). Thus, there were few complaints about the weather when we stepped out of the air-conditioned premises to make our way to Merlion Park. We were too busy enjoying the ice cream. Haha!

A few quick snaps of the Merlion and we were off to MBS:

Singapore Marina Bay Sands

* I love those clouds *

We took a really long walk to get to Marina Bay Sands. For your information, visiting the Observation Deck of MBS requires a fee of S$23 for adults and S$17 for children (between 2 and 12 years old). Find out more about the fees here: http://www.marinabaysands.com/sands-skypark/observation-deck.html

*The Infinity Pool at MBS is reserved for hotel guests*

We had dinner at the foodcourt at Marina Bay Sands. The prices are much higher than in many other places in Singapore.

Post-dinner snack and chit-chat time:

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe

We also visited the DC Comics Super Heroes themed cafe at MBS (level 1). I ordered some nuggets & fries, plus a yuzu drink (which was SO sweet). The chirpy waiter gave us some water served in the cutest caped super hero mugs. Service was excellent, despite what some reviewers said on the cafe’s facebook page. The decor of the place is simply awesome. You can find Batman, Catwoman, and many other super heroes. And there’s the Batmobile, the fancy bike (I don’t know what it’s called) and so many photo-worthy spots. Of course, the food’s also superhero-themed so snap away if you’re ordering the burgers, lattes or desserts, etc.

After an enjoyable chat, I sent him back to his hostel. He told me that he fell asleep very quickly because he was so tired. And it’s no wonder too. I clocked over 20,000 steps yesterday, just touring Singapore with him! LOL.

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Nana’s Green Tea at Plaza Singapura. Lunch sets (inc. of a drink) are at S$13.90.

Nana's Green Tea Plaza Singapura

ION Orchard:

Singapore ION Orchard

As for today, we had lunch at Nana’s Green Tea at Plaza Singapura before popping by Orchard Road. We went to ION, Ngee Ann City, Kinokuniya, etc. 🙂 Then we were off to Woodlands where we bought sushi from my favorite sushi takeaway place. He also bought Old Chang Kee’s curry puffs and other snacks.

And then he’s off to Malaysia. 🙂

I’m gonna miss him. He’s a really fun guy to chat with and hang out with. And he also brought me presents… AWWW…

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Gifts from Surabaya

My generous pal from Surabaya brought me some goodies. There’s Kue Blinjo (which I assume is some kind of cookie), (the famous) Livana’s Lapis Surabaya (which I’ve tried previously during my trip to Surabaya) and Bandeng Asap (Smoked Milkfish).

I do wish I’d thought of bringing him to visit a cat cafe earlier. Will certainly include that in the itinerary the next time he visits. Till then!~ 🙂

Royston Wee Does Singapore Proud At The UFC (Vs Dave “Scarecrow” Galera)

Dave Galera’s illegal kick and Royston Wee’s tough chin have made it to the UFC history books. 😀 I didn’t catch the fight yesterday but watching the full video seems equally nerve-wracking (what with instant replays and all!)

Watch the full video here:

I was very amused to see Stephanie Sun in the video (at about the 11 minute mark, after the conclusion of the first round). Never imagined the UFC would be her thing. 😀

Blowing a kiss to the camera:

Stephanie Sun at the UFC

The illegal kick in round 3 looked as though it’d snap an ordinary person’s neck (ok, maybe just mine). I’m glad Royston won. An unprofessional fighter doesn’t deserve the honor – illegal kick aside, be a man and let your opponent adjust his shorts when he has to, right? Tsk tsk.

And for the main event of UFC Fight Night Singapore – Lim Hyun Gyu vs Tarec Saffiedine. Watch the full video here:

I was watching the video when I heard something along the lines of “You cannot chase Lim too aggressively, or he’ll catch you and put your lights out”. I don’t know why but that phrase “put your lights out” really tickled me! 😀

I’d call this Too Close For Comfort:

UFC Tarec vs Lim

I’d have to say, though, that Royston and Dave had more intimate moments on the ground. Most of the time, Lim and Tarec fought on their feet. And Tarec really battered Lim’s left leg with kicks.

Lim’s purplish thigh *OUCH*

UFC Lim vs Tarec

Pun not intended, but it really beats me as to why men (and some women) like, or rather, participate in such ‘close contact’ sports. I don’t fancy having my neck caught under someone’s sweaty armpit or have someone “put my lights out”. I don’t get it. Though I have to admit that it makes for pretty exciting entertainment. 😀

My Introduction to MMA: UFC 2013 Rule Book & Fight Terms

This is embarrassing to admit: I knew nothing about MMA till I was invited to attend today’s UFC Fight Night Singapore Press Conference. Want to find out how you can get tickets for the 4th Jan 2014 UFC Fight Night Singapore? Then check out my blogpost here.

With the press release given to me is an insightful document: The 2013 UFC Rule Book & Fight Terms.

UFC Rule Book 2013

For the clueless like me:

What is the UFC

What is MMA

There are various fight styles in a UFC bout, like boxing, judo, karate, kickboxing, kungfu, and taekwondo. Those particularly interesting to me are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and ‘Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling’ – I never knew BJJ existed till I signed up for personal training with Quantum Fitness.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling

UFC Rules & Regulations:

UFC Rules and Regulations

UFC Weight Classes:

UFC Weight Classes

This puts me in the flyweight category! 😀

There are 31 match fouls listed within the Rule Book, such as “Groin attacks of any kind” and “Kicking the head of a grounded opponent”. But one made me laugh out loud:

Timidity, including, but without limitation: avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury

It seems “timidity” is not an option in a fight! 😀

How to win, then?

Ways to win in UFC

The glossary of fight terms is also an extensive one. Know what “Butterfly Guard”, “Armbar” or “Guillotine Choke” mean? I have the descriptions but I think the terms are scary enough. Guillotine Choke, anyone? 😛

UFC Fight Night Singapore: Get Your Tickets And Giveaway Here

[Giveaway at the end of this blogpost: Limited Edition UFC Fight Night SG Folder SIGNED by Jake Ellenberger and Tarec Saffiedine, and a 4GB UFC thumbdrive and wristband]Tarec Saffiedine

(credit: Getty Images)

UFC Fight Night Singapore is happening on Saturday,

January 4, 2014 at Marina Bay Sands!

Ticket Sales have begun!

Ticket Prices: $688, $488, $288, $188, $88 (before booking fees)

4 Ways To Purchase Tickets:

1) Online at http://www.marinabaysands.com/ticketing

2) At any Marina Bay Sands box office

  • Concierge, Hotel Lobby Tower 1. 10am to 10pm daily
  • Retail Concierge, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Level 1. 10am to 10pm daily
  • SkyPark Box Office, Tower 3 B1. Mon-Thur 9.30am to 10pm. Fri-Sun 9.30am to 11pm
  • Theatre Box Office, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1. Mon-Fri 1pm-10pm. Sat & Sun 10am to 10pm
  • ArtScience Museum Box Office, Level 1. 10am to 7pm daily

3) Any SISTIC outlet http://www.sistic.com.sg/

4) [Packaged with hotel rooms and restaurant options] http://www.marinabaysands.com/packages

~ From the Press Release ~

“The main card will feature a five-round welterweight bout between two world-class fighters – Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger and former Strikeforce champion Tarec “Sponge” Saffiedine. Ellenberger is #4 in the division, while Belgium-born Saffiedine is set for his UFC debut in Singapore after posting four straight wins in Strikeforce to become welterweight champion before the promotion was closed.Jake Ellenberger

(credit: Getty Images)

The first ever UFC event in Southeast Asia will also showcase the UFC debut performance of long-time Japanese star fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri, riding a five-fight victorious streak, going up against Brazil’s Hacran Dias at featherweight along with a pair of clashes between up-and-coming Japanese and South Koreans: Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Hyun Gyu Lim in a welterweight bout, and Shunichi Shimizu vs. Kyung Ho Kang at bantamweight. Rounding up the card is another UFC debutante Katsunori Kikuno of Japan – also on a five-fight winning streak – taking on Quinn Mulhern at lightweight, and other talented MMA fighters from across the continent. More bouts are to be revealed in the coming weeks.”

~ At The Press Conference Today ~

UFC Fight Night Singapore

Just for the cameras:

UFC Fight Night Singapore

A photo with the stars:

Jake Ellenberger and Tarec Saffiedine

They are so friendly and accommodating, and have such warm smiles, that it’s almost difficult to tell that they are world-class fighters 😀

Hilarious pic of me looking on while Jake signs on the folder:

Jake Ellenberger

~ The Giveaway! ~

UFC Jake Ellenberger Tarec Saffiedine

I’m giving away a UFC Fight Night SG Folder SIGNED by the two stars, and a limited edition 4GB thumbdrive + wristband. One winner will receive the folder, while the other gets the other two items.

How To Win:

1) ‘Like’ the UFC Giveaway post on my Facebook page

2) ‘Share’ the UFC Giveaway post on my Facebook page

3) Comment back on this blogpost and tell me which item you want to win: Folder OR Thumbdrive + Wristband, AND include your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. For example: “Thumbdrive + Wristband: youremail@gmail.com” 😀

For more information on UFC, visit http://www.ufc.com

Launch Of Singapore’s 1st Dating Concierge App @ Avalon, Marina Bay Sands

Just got home from attending It’s A Date’s launch at Avalon. 🙂 It was a good thing that I’d brought my pals with me, or I’d have been oh-so-lonely at the Media table. XD I’m not complaining though – ours were likely the best seats in the house, right before the stage.

Grainy picture, but it’s the best one I’ve got. XD

Free drinks too 😀

At Avalon MBS

[Clarence, Derek, Me, Claressa, Chris]

We were told that the event would start at 7pm but apparently, it’d only begin at 8pm (actually, after 8pm). The queue for food was super long but something interesting happened… One of the buffet trays had been removed before I’d gotten to it so I asked the guy in front of me if he knew what that tray had contained. He pointed to his plate and said that it was the cereal prawns. And… get this… he actually used a fork to move that mound of cereal aside, retrieve what was probably the only prawn he managed to get, AND GAVE IT TO ME! *Awwwwww* I was VERY shocked – I’m not quite used to *ahem* generosity or any form of chivalry from Singaporean men. Sorry!

Back to the event…

It's A Date Avalon MBS

The talkshow mainly revolved around a makeover for a guy named Jeremy. We basically heard from the people given the responsibility of dressing him up in new threads, to styling his hair, and teaching him makeup(???). And we finally got to meet the *new* Jeremy – quite impressive, as all makeovers are.

However, we felt there was a disconnect between the host/speakers and the audience. There was little to no engagement and we felt kinda “lost” when the event suddenly came to an end. 😀 I think the lucky draw was alright – pity I didn’t get to win the Samsung S4 though! 😛

Anyway, the It’s A Date app is supposedly Asia’s FIRST Personalized Dating Concierge App. It provides you with a recommended list of dining places to bring your date to, and you can use it to arrange for styling and grooming sessions prior to your date too.

It's A Date App

For more information, visit itsadate.com.sg or their facebook page.

Actually, I think that a guy can dress up well, get his hair professionally styled, and even use makeup to enhance his features, but I’ll still not be impressed if he doesn’t have proper manners. Read about the well-dressed pervert I met at a previous mass dating event.

Yes, gentlemen, you should definitely give up the very last prawn to the lady behind you in the buffet queue. She’ll be willing to overlook your dressing and hairdo, I believe. 😉

Not sure if the app teaches manners, but when it comes to dating, both men and women need all the help we can get so bring it on! 😀

End of the day… it was good hanging out with my pals. If only it’s Friday night… then we can have more drinks! XD

BTW, we love the view outside Avalon! 😀

Outside Avalon MBS

My dress is from The Trunkshop. 😉

Enter the magical world of ‘Harry Potter: The Exhibition’ at Marina Bay Sands!

Note: Muggle cameras cannot capture the images of magical artifacts and hence, photography is not allowed within the exhibition! Step in for a magical experience and take away memories at the shop. 😉

Photo credit: © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

I walked into the exhibition not knowing what to expect and walked out starry-eyed. 🙂

Right at the start, visitors get to experience what it is like to sit on a stool and be sorted into the various Hogwarts houses with the help of the often-hilarious Sorting Hat.

Also, I got to show off my Quaffle-throwing abilities (one goal is never enough!) and pull a Mandrake up to hear its ear-splitting wail:

I loved walking into Hagrid’s Hut and sitting in his ginormous chair (since, apparently, he wasn’t at home). There was a little sign which, funnily enough, said “Please Sit”…

And I guess all fans will love the boys dormitory room and go ooh-ing and aah-ing at all the attention paid to the details. The sheets also look like they have only just been vacated by Ron and Harry, and guards will probably have to be stationed there to stop fans from jumping onto the beds! 😀

You’ll also get to see all the uniforms, costumes (even of the profs!) and their wands and all.

What was mind-blowing was finding out that all the Horcruxes are now under one roof at Marina Bay Sands! It was a spectacular sight to behold! 🙂

At the preview, I got to meet the Weasley twins. 😉 Both are pretty cute, don’t you think?

Thank you, Marina Bay Sands, for making me feel like a Very Important Muggle indeed! 😀

To purchase tickets to the Exhibition: https://entertainment.marinabaysands.com/EventSynopsis.aspx?ID=4344

(Magical Tip: Book your tickets online as they are selling out fast and you’ll also avoid the long queues when you arrive for the Exhibition!)

Here’s something else that’s magical about Marina Bay Sands…

My blogger friend, Dawn, shared with me about a special booth at MBS (just in front of the meat-lover’s paradise that is Carnivore). It’s called ‘The Social Pavilion’ and you can snap a photo of yourself (or with your family) and it gets instantly uploaded to a specific photo album on the MBS Facebook page. You can also get the photos printed on the spot for FREE!

Here’s Dawn…

And the two photos I got printed…

With greenscreen technology, you choose any background you want, even that of the Infinity Pool! 😉 Though you’d probably have to be wearing a bikini for people to make sense of that photo. LOL!

Now, if they’ll just include a background with Harry and his friends… 😀