Friday, October 31, 2014

Opening the Doors to “HELL”owee​n - The Terror Maze at DownTown East

I was invited to the preview of the Doors to “HELL”owee​n - The Terror Maze, which will take place in the Downtown East D'Marquee during 29 October - 2 November 2014. This Halloween event is a collaboration between the Downtown East and a group of year 2 Singapore Polytechnic students.

Once we stepped to the doors to "HELL"oween, we discovered ourselves in a world of totaldarkness... stretch your hands, and you probably can't locate your fingers.  These photos are brighten up for your viewing "pleasure"...

When we walked in, the path is so narrow and I'm so worried that "something" may just pop up out of a sudden, of which, there's no way I can escape with such a dark and narrow path...  along the way, we are greeted by skeletons, scary dolls, etc...

While trying hard not to get trapped by the spider webs around, you need to take pre-caution against the queen of spider reaching out to you...
Along the way, we see more scary dolls and skeletons... however, the challenge is how to distingush the scare actors from the mannequin.  Many times, I thought the character is the scare actor, but it turned out to be a mannequin only... and vice versa.

I hate blood scene as such, and I fear more that, will any of these props suddenly fall right in front of me!?!!

This is the most amazing parts where we are trapped in the world of mirror.  As much as I wanted to stay further away from Samuel to get a picture just of him and his reflections among the mirrors, I am too scare to stay alone... with the light flashing, I have difficulty finding my way out of this mirror  maze... Call me timid, maybe... haaa...

Finally, we got out of the maze... Compared to my previous Halloween experience, The Terror Maze is much less scary...  The main reason is The Terror Maze is targetted at family and meant to be family friendly, thus, you can feel that the scare actors are less aggressive in running after you or making all the wailing, giving you creeps!

There are some other fringe activities as well.  We can choose to do some ghastly make up on the face or hands, and get a printed copy at the photo booth.  The booth owners will stamp behind the Carnival Token which costs $5 each.  So to maximise your token, get your makeup done and photo printed before you proceed to the carnival games.

Looked at Samuel's bleeding hand... Yikes!!!

And here's my festered wound...
There are actually costumes of dracula, court dresses, etc for you to put on when taking pictures at the photo booth...  Oh well, we choose not to put on...
After the photo booth, time to check out the carnival places, there are a couple of actitvities for your selection...

I give it a try, aiming to hammer the frog to the basket, and I managed to win myself this duckie soft toy...

Thanks Zenna and Downtown East for the invite to the preview of Doors to “HELL”owee​n - The Terror Maze, it was a great experience.

BTW, understand that Downtown East will be having a revamp, so you can expect to have more fun with new facilities in the Wild Wild Wet and better shopping & dining experience in 2015!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Movie Review: Haemoo 《海雾》

Haemoo Synopsis
Directed by Shim Sung-Bo, "Haemoo" is recount of a true event, about a group of fishermen who are driven into madness when their attempt to smuggle illegal migrants ends in a horrible tragedy.

Six crew members – led by the captain, together with the kind-hearted chief engineer ‘Wan-ho’(Moon Sung-geun) who had an eventful life and lives hidden on the boat, were on board of the ship. To protect the ship and their livelihoods, Captain ‘Cheol-ju’(Kim Yoon-seok) suggests to his crew members the job in helping to smuggle [stowaways].

The youngest crew member ‘Dong-shik’(Park Yoo-Chun) who just started working aboard the ship recently, is naive to dream of having their boat with a full load of fish. However, they are transporting human beings instead of fishes in the open sea!

Numerous of stowaways who risks their lives and comes across the sea, and the six crew members who are on board a fated boat. Amid that, an unknown ‘sea fog’ to which they cannot see what’s in front of themselves comes down and they become swept into an uncontrollable accident…

Haemoo Trailer
Haemoo Review
The M-18 rated movie has a numbers of sexual and voilent scenes which can be quite disturbing to some.  It talks about the dark side of humanity, which is pretty mind-boggling.  The hash reality of survival and brutality of life, and the greed and lust vs. morality, the courage the loves bring around.  Out of desperation, greed and lust, people may behave out of the norms and even abandon morality.  The brutal violent scenes are definitely not meant for the faint-hearted.

Yet, we also see how loves bring about courage, displayed by Dong-shik (casted by Park Yoo-Chun) towards the Chinese korean immigrant, Hong-mae, striving hard to protect her.

While the movie does not consists of many handsome or beautiful faces, the actors who acted in the movie are all veterans actors which you can expect nothing except for their great acting skills that will bring you through the story.

If you are a K-pop fan, you may have spotted Park Yoo-Chun, member of the Korean boy band, JYJ in the movie, casting as Dong-shik.  Yet, I won't be surprise if you are having difficulty recognising him as he has put on a wholesome of 10kg for his character in the movie, displaying his professionalism towards acting.  This is certainly worth applauding for.

I heard a numbers of viewers lamenting that Haemoo is a great movie, except for its open-ended story ending.  However, I personally felt that there's really no need to have everything spelt out clearly, in fact, most of my friends and I perceived the same for its ending.  This open-ended story ending actually left the audience discussing after the movie ends, which is quite interesting, creating interaction.

If I have to pick on something, I would say the fog scene is just too artificial, nonetheless, this movie's highlight will be more on the storyline itself than the special effects, so I'll still recommend it for watching!

Directed by: Shim Sung-Bo

Dong-shik  // casted by Park Yoo-Chun 朴有天
Cheol-ju     // casted by Kim Yoon-seok 金允石
Wan-ho      // casted by Moon Sung-geun 文盛瑾
Hong-mae  // casted by Han Ye-ri 韓藝璃

Images Credit: Clover Film Singapore

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Golden Era Movie Quotes《黄金时代》经典语录


想明了這一點 一切都能泰然處之。”























Images Credit: Clover Films Singapore

Movie Review: The Golden Era 《黃金時代》觀后感

The Golden Era Synopsis:
The Golden Era, directed by Ann Hui, is a biopic of Chinese writer Xiao Hong (Zhang Naiying) from 2 June 1911 - 22 Jan 1942, who had written several novels acclaimed for their lyrical, reflective imagery.  The movie recounts Xiao Hong's short and unhappy life, from her childhood days in Heilongjiang Province till her final days in Hong Kong. The movie also narrates her complicate love life with fellow writer, Xiao Jun, as well as Wang Enjia, Duanmu Hongliang and Luo Binji. Xiao Hong died of tuberculosis at the age of 31, amid the growing turbulence of war with Japan.  But several key episodes in her life remain obscure and disputed, even now.


The Golden Era Review:
A 3-hour movie is usually enough to put off people from watching the film, espeically when it is a biopic of a Chinese writer who isn't familar to most of us of this generation.  However, the 3 hour movie do not feel lengthy at all. 

The first act begins in black and white picture, with Xiao Hong in front of the camera, introducing her short life, from her date of birth to date of death, is impactful.  Then the movie move into colour, outling the writer's life.

The biopic is much of an unconventional one, with fragmented monologue placed in intervals, having various character recounting their encounter and memories with Xiao Hong.  However, as the biopic does not follow the logical timeline, so the flashed back interview slots may creates some confusion to viewers who do not follow through out the movie closely.

Despite seeing Director, Ann Hui's effort to get the viewers to focus more on the talent of Xiao Hong, rather than her complicated love life through the movie; I can't help feeling, Xiao Hong's love life is still the centre of attention of the movie.  Nonetheless, the several verses / quotes by Xiao Hong, which are shared throughout the movie, did brought to my attention and interest to her literature and I'm gonna check out more on her works.

Looking at the movie into a deeper level, you will realised that this is not simply a biopic, but also of an art film, not because of the literature of Xiao Hong, but about the philosophy in life, the art of life.

To read more about the classical quotes in the movie, read here.

Last but not least, thanks Clover Films for the invite!

CAST 角色介紹:
Xiao Hong 蕭紅                        // casted by TANG Wei 湯唯飾 
Xiao Jun 蕭軍                           // casted by FENG Shaofeng 馮紹峰飾
Duanmu Hongliang 端木蕻良  // casted by ZHU Yawen 朱亞文飾
Lu Xun 魯迅                             // casted by WANG Zhiwen 王志文飾
Ding Ling 丁玲                         // casted by HAO Lei 郝蕾飾 
Luo Binji 駱賓基                      // casted by HUANG Xuan 黃軒飾
Bai Lang 白朗                           // casted by TIAN Yuan 田原飾
Mei Zhi 梅志                             // casted by YUAN Quan 袁泉飾
Shu Qun 舒群                            // casted by SHA Yi 沙溢飾
Wang Enjia 汪恩甲                   // casted by Yuan Wenkang 袁文康飾


—— 摘自蕭紅《呼蘭河傳》


由許鞍華執導的《黃金時代》是描述民國時期四大才女之一蕭紅(原名:張乃瑩),的傳記電影,主要內容講述蕭紅一個特立獨行的女子,一路流亡,從北方到南方,從哈爾濱到香港,一邊躲避戰亂,一邊經歷著令人唏噓又痛徹心扉的愛情 (與汪恩甲、蕭軍、端木蕻良、駱賓基四個男人之間的情感糾葛) 與人生。對生的堅強對死的掙扎在她筆下穿透紙背,她的人生亦是如此。

一般上,三個小時的電影足以讓人卻步,尤其影片講述的主人翁,蕭紅,並非我們這一代所熟。然而,三小時的傳記電影 《黃金時代》,並未令人感到沉長。




欲想閱讀《黃金時代》經典台詞 / 語錄 ,可閱覽下一篇章

Images Credit: Clover Films Singapore

Friday, October 24, 2014

Doors to “HELL”owee​n – The Terror Maze @ Downtown East D'Marquee + Giveaway

Brace yourself as you enter the Doors to ‘HELL’oween – The Terror Maze in D’Marquee. Featuring more than 10 rooms occupied by minions from HELL such as zombies, skeletons and live scary dolls. Experience various themes in each of the room which revolve around well-known horror stories. Make your way past the mutilated bodies in the Massacre room, through a possessed girl’s iconic bedroom where evil awaits you and slither your way across the Snake Pit. Walk through the cemetery and spider alley, and if you can escape the Butcher in the slaughter room, enjoy a “feast” with the Feast Master.

Doors to “HELL”owee​n – The Terror Maze
Downtown East D'Marquee
Date & Time
29**, 30 Oct** |5pm - 11pm
31 Oct & 1, 2 Nov**| 1pm - 11pm
Ticket Price
NTUC/nEbO Plus! Members: S$30
Plus! Members: S$35.00^
Public: S$35.00

^ 300 LinkPoints for Plus! Cardholder only.
** First 300 entrants on Wed, Thur and Sun will receive a $5 Fish & co. Cash vouchers, T&Cs applies.

Here's a chance for you to win a pair of tickets to
Doors to “HELL”owee​n – The Terror Maze
on 2 November 2014 (Sunday). 

Simply watch the below trailer and answer a simple question.  Leave a comment with your reply and contact email by 27 Oct 2014 2359 hours. One lucky winner will be announced on 28 October.

Question: Which tarot card did The Fortune Teller represent?
Check out my review on the
Doors to “HELL”owee​n – The Terror Maze!

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Dell Inspiron 13 7000 and Inspiron 14 7000

Was invited to My Awesome Cafe @ Telok Ayer Street to Dell's new launch - Inspiron 13 7000 and Inspiron 14 7000.

The Inspiron 13 7000 Series is a 2-in-1 Device, whith laptop and tablet packed into 1. Its built-in passive stylus and 360-degree rotating hinge allowing consumers to switch seamlessly between the laptop and tablet modes.

The Inspiron 13 offers the latest in hardware, software, peripherals and services, and combines the best features of tablets and laptops to help consumers do more with a single premium device.

With 500GB hard drive, the Inspiron 13 offers considerable onboard storage, providing more room for pictures, videos, and projects.

Available with up to a Featuring an anti-smudge coating, the 13-inch HD touch display, with optional Full HD, boasts attractive edge-to-edge styling and 10-finger capacitive touch for seamless zooming, scrolling and tapping. The Inspiron 13 also comes with a full sized, spill-resistant, backlit keyboard paired with a precision touchpad to provide great user experience.
Additional premium features like high definition audio with Waves MaxxAudio allow consumer to have an utltimate entertainment.  With a battery life of up to 8 hours, the Inspiron 13 7000 allow users to roam free between charges, eliminating range anxiety.

Pricing and Availability:
The Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 is available now through Dell authorized resellers and on, starting at S$1,699

The Inspiron 14 7000 Series is a high-performance 14-inch laptop specially designed for today’s youth for their everyday learning, work, gaming and multimedia entertainment. 

The Inspiron 14 which is the newest member of the Inspiron 7000 Series family, features the latest 4th Generation Intel® processor with up to Core i7 Quad Core processing power and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX-class performance graphics with 4GB discrete memory, which is the perfect solution to deliver excellent value for the rising demands of today’s generation of youths, whether it is for school, work, gaming or multimedia entertainment.

The Inspiron 14 has the abiity to perform like a 15-inch performance laptop within its 14-inch portable form factor. With up to 16GB of memory and a 1TB hybrid hard drive, it is ideal for multi-tasking and stays quick and responsive.   It also comes with a complete set of I/O ports – HDMI, media card reader, and three USB ports, including a USB PowerShare port.  An optional backlit keyboard and a battery life of up to 8.4 hours  enable consumers to work anytime, anywhere.
Powerful gaming experience

The optional 14-inch Full HD anti-glare IPS display (1920x1080 resolution) and built-in performance speaker and subwoofer with MaxxAudio Pro® audio processing solutions promise enhanced gaming and entertainment experience. The NIVIDA GeForce Experience™ software automatically optimizes the laptop for gaming, while high-performance GPU and CPU cooling solutions ensure uninterrupted performance.
Pricing and Availability:
The Inspiron 14 7000 Series is available now starting at S$1,699.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Magnifique Dining Xperience with French Michelin Star Chef Nicolas Isnard

Xperience, the signature restaurant and bar at Sofitel So Singapore, will be bringing over French Michelin star Guest Chef Nicolas Isnard as the grand finale of Sofitel So Singapore’s Guest Chef Series.  Earlier this year, Chef Degenne was joined by internationally acclaimed Michelin star guest chefs, including Chef Yuichi Kamimura and three Michelin star Chef Quique Dacosta.

Michelin Star Chef Nicolas Isnard

Chef Isnard will be delivering fresh and sumptuous flavours from France to Singapore, with Mediterranean and Italian influences and serving up delectable, rustic flavours in classic French style during 4 to 8 November 2014.  Chef Isnard’s specialties include Filet de Boeuf, Farmed Chicken Egg and Onion Soup “Contemporary Style”.

Partnering with Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne, Executive chef of Xperience, Chef Isnard will offer a daily 4-course set lunch at S$45++, daily 5-course set dinner menu at S$88++ and Saturday 6-course Gala dinner at S$148++ or S$188++ with wine pairing. An à la carte dinner menu will also be available.

Filet de Boeuf en Cube Sauce Barbecue Artichaut


Saint Jacques Beterave Pain d Epice

Originally from the South of France, Chef Isnard acquired a taste for cooking from his Italian grandmother and is famous for infusing innovation to traditional cooking. He currently co-owns the L’Auberge de la Charme restaurant in France, that boasts four Gault & Millau toques, and earmed a Michelin star a year from its opening in 2008.

The collaboration between Chef Isnard and Chef Degenne from Sofitel So Singapore, aims to bring an extraordinary culinary experience for Singapore’s gastronomes, elevating their guests’ experience to a whole new level.

For reservations, please call the hotel at +65 6701 6800.

Image Credit: Sofitel So Singapore