Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gryphon Tea Company's Travel Series



Celebrate the festive season together with The Travel Series, a specially curated range of teas from Gryphon Tea’s best-selling award-winning Artisan Selection. Conveniently sized, light, vibrant and colourful, The Travel Series is a perfect gift be it for travelling, or for the season of exchange

This travel series consists of verses of love, family and country. With teas carefully selected to reflect the mood of the theme, The Travel Series includes Di Tanjong Katong, Little Things, Singai Naadu, Blooming Gardens, Tropical Paradise and Sunny Island. Inspired by the namesake songs close to everybody’s hearts; relatable songs heard during national day parades, and the beautiful floral of Singapore’s garden city. The Travel Series boasts fun and playful flavours, an ideal and thoughtful gift for a taste of Singapore with an added warming note as a meaningful gift for Christmas.


The Travel Series is sold individually with 4 exclusively hand selected silken sachets in each travel sized box for your enjoyment.

 


The Travel Series ia available for sale at Gryphon Tea Official Website at S$8 each (excluding GST).
For any enquiries, kindly contact the Gryphon Tea office at (65) 6779 2948.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Home Furnishing with Wihardja Furniture

A While ago, we are invited to Wihardja, who specialised in teak wood furniture, teak wood accessories, pottery ware and soft furnishing that made in Indonesia.  The company first started its head office in Singapore in 1997, dealing with teak wood business. Currently, they have two showrooms in Singapore, offering a wider range of furniture and merchandise.

Fellow blogger friends at Wihardja (Image Credit: Claudia Lim)

With its factory located in Central Java, one may inevitably associate Wihardja's relationship to contributing to the haze.  However, Wihardja's factory does not condone the use of ‘slash and burn’ technique for the clearing of lands for cultivation, thus, they are safe from contributing to the haze in Singapore.

Having shipments direct from their factory to their customers with no middleman involved, Wihardja is able to offer quality teak furniture at excellent value, which is deemed value for money!  Their furniture are also being exported to the Asean region, extending to countries like Canada, Spain, Costa Rica and Australia!.

The company now selling mainly teak, reclaimed teak and suar wood furniture, as well as home decoration items.


Suar Wood Table & Bench Set (Image Credit: Claudia Lim)
Love these lavender baskets as home decoration!





I have a fetish for such vintage / retro looking lamp!

The bed looked so cozy that I almost attempt to lay on it!

Loving these wooden sign board too, very scrapbooking style!

The drawer cabinet is such a beauty!

Being a vivid coke lover, how can I not fall in love with this rustic table and chairs set?



love how this key holder cabinet looks like a
vintage letter box!


Cozy living room corner!

The bicycle wall decoration is so cool isn't it?

I so wanted this Coca Cola Display Stand in Reclaimed Teak
 to display my coke collection!!!
(Image credit: Wihardja)

The Swing Chair is very cozy
(Image Credit: Claudia Lim)

Can't find what you are looking for?  Simply show the picture of the design you have in mind, and provide the dimension; Wihardja can help to customise furniture in teak, mahagony or suar wood.

Depending on stock availability, orders are usually fulfil within one week. Should stock be unavailable, a fresh piece will be built in their factory and shipped over to Singapore within the stipulated 60-90 days waiting time.

Wooden furniture will require period maintenance. If you have concern on how to maintain your wooden furniture, fret not. Wihardja has shared that a furniture lemon pledge which is readily available in the supermarket, can be used for day to day maintenance, or you can get the furniture wax at Wihardja for a more intense maintenance.


Perks to Readers
From now till Dec 2016, simply quote "WJCKCHAI" to get 5% off your total purchase at Wihardja, T&Cs applies.

For Wihardja's latest promotion: 
Wihardja Instagram: https://instagram.com/wihardjasg



Wihardja Outlets:

Toh Guan Showroom
3-B Toh Guan Road East, #03-02, Singapore 608833
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 7pm Everyday
Nearest MRT Station: Jurong East MRT
Buses to there: 183

Enterprise One Showroom
1 Kaki Bukit Road 1, #01-07/08, Singapore 415934
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 8pm everyday except Wed & Thurs
Nearest MRT Station: Eunos MRT
Buses to there: 5, 15, 58, 59, 87, 25, 45, 51, 55, 93, 94, 854

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Return of the Cuckoo 《十月初五的月光》 Gala Premiere and Movie Review

The movie, RETURN OF THE CUCKOO, directed by Hong Kong renowned director Patrick Kong 叶念琛, features a stellar cast of Hong Kong’s biggest stars including Chi Lam Cheung 张智霖, Charmaine Sheh 佘诗曼, Nancy Sit 薛家燕, Michael Tong唐文龍, as well as Joe Chen陈乔恩from Taiwan.

A spin-off from the well-loved Hong Kong drama which is better known as 澳门街, RETURN OF THE CUCKOO tells the endearing tale of Man Cho (Chi Lam Cheung) who was rendered mute since young and Kwan-Ho (Charmaine Sheh).



SYNOPSIS
When Man-Cho (Chi Lam Cheung), Kiki (Joe Chen) and their neighbors were celebrating Aunty Q ‘s birthday (Nancy Sit), Kwan-Ho who has migrated to US made a surprise appearance at the birthday party. Despite the jovial ambience, Kwan-ho appears to be strangely quiet and seems troubled.

At the same night, Man-Cho receives news that Lai-Sun has died in a car accident.  Being worried, Man-Cho followed Kwan-ho to the hotel and eventually saves her from her suicide attempt.   After Kwan-ho got discharged from hospital, she is still sad and often deep in thoughts. Man-Cho, Aunty Q and Kiki tried their best to cheer Kwan–ho up by showering her with care and concern.

Through the years, Man-Cho,Kwan-Ho, Kam-Sing and Aunty Q have experienced the joys and sorrows of life. While things seem to be getting better, bad news strikes with Man-Cho learning that he has cancer and left with less than half a year to live…







故事大綱
1999年在澳門回歸這一天,文初(張智霖飾)、琪琪(陳喬恩飾)及眾街坊在替Q姨朱莎嬌(薜家燕飾)慶生的時候, 移居美國多年的君好(佘詩曼飾)突然出現生日會,文初卻發現多年不見的君好整天沉默寡言,心事重重。

當晚,文初收到消息,禮信在美國因發生了交通事故而離開人世。文初不放心於是跟蹤提早離開的君好,竟發現她在下榻的酒店自尋短見。君好出院後每天也把自己困在家中,對凡事都不感好奇和眷戀。文初,Q姨和琪琪等人用盡方法希望君好能早日走出陰霾。

經過多年風風雨雨,文初、君好、金勝、Q姨等人嘗盡人生的喜怒哀樂,生命的甜酸苦辣。好不容易初見彩虹,文初卻在這時被醫生診斷他喉嚨的癌細胞已經擴散到大腦, 並僅剩半年壽命…








Trailer of Return of the Cuckoo 《十月初五的月光》:




Return of the Cuckoo 《十月初五的月光》 Gala Premiere
The leading cast: Chi Lam Cheung 张智霖, Charmaine Sheh 佘诗曼, Nancy Sit 薛家燕 had made their graced the opening Gala on 9 November at Resorts World Theatre.  Here are some shots from the event.



The theme song 《祝君好》is originally sang by male lead Chi Lam Cheung while the cover version for the movie is sang by our very own local songbird Kit Chan 陈洁仪. Some friends commented they totally have no feelings for Kit's version.  Being a long time fan of Kit, I have no doubts in her singing skills.  However, I can understand why my friends feel this way.  If you look into the lyrics, it is written from Man Cho's perspective.  That is why, singing from Chi Lam naturally bind the hearts stronger for those who have been watched the drama series.  Here's the 2 versions for your own comparison.

Kit's Version:


Chi Lam's Version



My Review / 電影觀后感
The movie is supposed to be a continuation from the drama series, however, there has been a lacking of sufficient connection back to the drama serial.  For some audience whom has not never watched the drama series before, may somehow feel lost at times.  Despite coming back together after 15 years, surprising the chemistry between Chilam and Charmaine is still pretty good. The movie would have fare better with a stronger storyline. Overall, I feel the movie is still enjoyable but it will definitely appeals to the fans of the drama serial as well as fans of Chilam and Charmaine.

The movie is a call out to all, to treasure the person around you and not wait till you lost him/her then regret about it.  Remember, treasure all the little things around you, and you will be surrounded by happiness.

《十月初五的月光》是電視劇《澳門街》的延續篇。然而,在劇情的連接上做得不夠充足。因此導致一些從未觀看《澳門街》的觀眾,時而一頭霧水。盡管過了15年才再度合作, 張智霖與佘詩曼之間的默契不減當年。遺憾的是,影片的故事性不夠強, 不然必定興起另一個風潮。當然,這部影片還是有可看性的。但對於《澳門街》, 張智霖與佘詩曼的粉絲,會具備更大的吸引。

影片主張珍惜眼前人,莫待失去后才后悔。因此,切記珍惜眼前幸福!

Return of the Cuckoo will be screening in the cinemas on 12 Novemeber 2015.
《十月初五的月光》于2015年11月12日在各大戏院上映。

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

[Song of the Day] 我可以 I Can by 刘婉莹 Diana Liu

Happy Singles' Day! 光棍節快樂!

第一次聽到《我可以》時,
對當中一些歌詞感同身受,非常喜歡。

單身一人,不是件可恥的事,
也不需要他人同情的眼光。

當然,要找個人來愛,
其實不是件太難的事,
可是要找到一個你愛也愛你的人來愛,
或許沒這麼容易。

愛情這玩意兒,
一切隨緣吧。
勉強的愛情,
最終隻會曲終人散。
與其兩人勉強湊合生活,
不如一人,好好過生活。

或許,曾經的傷痛,
傷口仍未完全愈合,
然而,時間真的會,
將一切沖淡…

堅信自己可以,
好好一個人生活。
一個人的生活,
依然可以精彩…

我可以!

P/S: 謝謝  Diana 刘婉莹 將歌詞電郵寄給我,好讓我能跟大家分享這首歌的詞。


我可以 I Can
詞曲: 刘婉莹 Diana Liu
MV導演: Henry Liu

这个夏天我失恋了
又再一次回到一个人的原点
我走向大街 情侣手牵手
这时候每个人都比我幸福

我可以
就这样走开
又再一次伪装自己
我受不了别人同情的眼光
反正一个人也无所谓

别再问我有没有男朋友
今年几岁 几时结婚
我不想再听
我男性朋友很多 也有些人追
这答案你满意了吗

我可以找个人来爱
可我不想欺骗自己
我不是过份挑剔 过份高估自己
可有些事情还是勉强不了
我可以就这样走开
还微笑送你 一句good luck
我还是可以好好一个人生活

别担心我真的ok 我可以
别再问我有没有男朋友
今年几岁 几时结婚
我不想再听 我男性朋友很多
也有些人追
这答案你满意了吗

我可以找个人来爱
可我不想欺骗自己
我不是过份挑剔 过份高估自己
可有些事情还是勉强不了

我可以就这样走开
还微笑送你 一句good luck
我还是可以好好一个人生活
别担心我真的ok 我可以

我可以 我可以
我可以 我知道我可以

Diana Liu Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/dianaliu333

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Mandala Wildlife Art Exhibition @ Orchard Gateway, Singapore

[UPDATE] The Wildlife Art Exhibition at the Tube Gallery, as well as #02-05 will be further extend till 6 Dec 2015.

Gone is the haze and back is the blue sky... While we are suffering from the eyes and throat irritation and other symptoms during the haze, did it ever cross your mind that we are not the only ones sufferings, but also the wildlife? Now you can do a part to help the wildlife!

Mandala Fine Art Gallery is organising Singapore's first major Wildlife Art Exhibition, featuring 36 international artists with over 200 artwork - paintings, drawings, photos and sculptures to be exhibited in various parts of Orchard Gateway from 7 – 15 November 2015. Part of the proceeds from the sale of art work (3%) and art auction (30%) will go to WWF appointed wildlife conservation project and WildAid Shark Savers.

On 6 November, the opening day of the Wildlife Art Exhibition, 18 of the 36 participating artists graced the event and shared about their works during the media preview at the Ochard Gateway Tube Viewing Gallery.


Level 3 The Tube (LED lighted overhead bridge))



Award Winning Photographer, Joseph Anthony sharing his story on "Teamwork" Wild dogs on a duiker kill,
which is featured in Africa Geographoc magazine.  The picture is simply hair-raising!





UK Artist, Laura Quinn with her masterpiece - Lost in Thoughts,
which is my most favourite piece!

Local Wildlife Photographer, Kennie Pan 潘健艺 sharing how he managed to capture the shots during 
"a toilet break" at his visit to the open zoo in India.

HK Based artist who especially heart the bird species.

This lion painting looked so real and is the most favourite art piece hearted by fellow blogger, Shaun

Blogger, Tiffany admiring the artworks @ The Tube Viewing Gallery


Level 2 Unit #02-05
Loving the arrangement of the art pieces, you can strike some artistic pose with the paintings and sculptures.




The only few pieces of sculptures on exhibit, which are simply amazing.
They lead me to thinking the crisis of wildlife, where many species are
on the verge of extinction.


Blogger, Yuki posing with the owl portrait



Basement 1 (Lobby B) and Basement 2 (The underground fashion street)
There is where more photos, painting and drawings can be found!



An art auction dinner (by invitation only) will be held at IndoChine Saint MA, Suntec Sky Garden on 15 December**, where 30% of the auction sales will go to the fund raising.  The target is to raise a total of S$100,000 through both art sale and auction sale.  Show your support to this meaningful fund raising art event by visiting the Mandala Wildlife Exhibition at Orchard Gateway. Should you want to contribute to the wildlife conservation efforts by other means, you may want to check out other gift catalogue on WWF website!

Mandala Wildlife Art Exhibition
Date: 7 November 2015 – 15 November 2015 6 December 2015**
Time: 10:30am - 10:30pm
Venue: Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858


World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Singapore is a non-profit organisation with mission to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/wwfsg 

Shark Savers Singapore is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to saving the sharks through building awareness, education, and grassroots action. The Shark Savers has brought its "I'm FINished with Fins" campaign to promote responsible consumerism  to help maintain health of the entire ocean ecosystem and seafood fisheries.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/SharkSaversSingapore