Tokyo One Piece Tower That Shut Its Doors Since 31 July 2020

For all One Piece fans out there, it is unfortunate that the management of Tokyo One Piece Tower has made a decision to close it down since 31 July 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19 outbreak.

Besides being a beautiful landmark for photography, the Tokyo Tower is an indoor theme park for the popular Japanese manga series, One piece.

A quick introduction for non-otakus, One Piece Japanese manga series is about straw-hat Luffy whose goal is to be a pirate king. Having eaten the gomu-gomu devil fruit, he was granted a rubber body along with its elastic properties. Being a leader of Strawhat pirates, Luffy and his crew set sail to achieve their individual dream! The manga series is still ongoing with multiple arcs that kept me glued onto, week after week.

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Hotel Review – Hotel Karuizawa Elegance

Karuizawa, a town located in the Nagano prefecture is worth spending a few days to explore, especially for the various recreational activities it offers. Since it was winter when I visited this town, I had compiled a list of top 6 things I did in my previous post.

How about checking out which hotel I stayed over the 2 nights while visiting Karuizawa? Hotel Karuizawa Elegance is already considered a better hotel as compared to the others much more cramped ones.

It was quite convenient as it took us about 10 mins to get to Hotel Karuizawa Elegance from Karuizawa station itself. There was nothing much along the way except for a couple of restaurants where we had a quick forgettable dinner in one since everywhere closes early in the midst of winter.

The hotel is made up of 2 different buildings and its furnishing was pretty much basic. Judging from web images, I supposed visiting during other seasons besides winter would do justice to its appeal. As for its room, it was spacious and pretty much mundane. Cozy enough for a good night’s rest.

Anyway, another bonus point would be that it is located pretty close to Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street. A great place to shop for souvenirs as well as for food. Just take note that shops do close early during winter!

On Sharks and Humanity Exhibition (9 Mar 2016 – 26 Jun 2017)

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Probably no one would have thought that a private museum – The Parkview Museum would be residing in a hotel-like building of Parkview Square. Imagine the thrill of exploring a place not quite known to the public.
With the 4th exhibition stop in Singapore from 9 Mar 2016 to 26 Jun 2017 (currently in Hong Kong), 3 Singaporean artists were invited to take part in the exhibition that received positive response.
As the title of the exhibition had suggested, the contemporary art pieces ranges from paintings, sculptures, installations, photography and more that revolved around the importance of shark protection and “Say No to Shark Fin” campaign.
A path of sharks on the floor led the way into the entire gallery, which was in bluish hue from the lighting representing the sea. The concept seems pretty simple and straightforward yet these artists could showcase and project their creations through easily relatable artworks. Sharks were the subject while they being in distress and dominated by us humans were the essence.
Probably many have read about the debate regarding sharks fin soup should be taken off from Chinese wedding menus some time back. Many argued that sharks fin soup is compulsory as it has always been part of Chinese tradition while others supports the importance of maintaining the ecological balance of marine life.
Would you still like a bowl of sharks fin soup?    
The Parkview Museum Singapore will be open to public free of charge to encourage the integration and appreciation of art in everyday life. As this exhibition “On Sharks and Humanity” is dated back, there would always be other exhibitions showcased as well.  

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Us
300 x 200 cm
Oil on canvas and propylene

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Downward Force on Upward Moving Objects
910 x 300 x 370 cm
Lacquer Paint, Stainless Steel, Plastic, Regular Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Swimming
366 x 162 x 254 cm
Stainless Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Little Boy
513.8 x 163.8 x 60 cm
Stainless Steel

On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Evolution
328 x 183 x 179 cm
Stainless Steel
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Degree of Killing
200 x 260 cm
Oil on Canvas
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Shark Shark
300 x 180 cm
Mineral oil colour painting on canvas
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)
Tsunami
180 x 140 x 16 cm
Mirror finishes stainless steel, Aluminium
On Sharks and Humanity (9 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2017)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Definitely my bad for delaying this post for way too long that I almost did not notice its existence in my drafts column. I probably would spare a little time posting some of the lovely images that I took during my visit to Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館) from my Kaoh Siung 高雄 trip way way back.
Serious throwback issues here!
Do check out the other 2 posts which I had posted previously on the link here (Fennel Hot Spring Resort 茴香戀戀溫泉會館) and here (Pier-2 Art Center). 
Anyway, what I would like to share and highlight isn’t about the delay of my post but about the museum. Prior to entering Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, I walked and explored the park that surrounded the museum. Many grassy hills and slopes perfect for a picnic or a ootd photo shoot.
Just take a peek at the beautiful architecture such as the high tilted ceilings, a couple of different galleries from each level while appreciating the curations. Just like any other galleries, the artworks were already refreshed, meaning that those from my pictures were long taken down and freshly curated ones were already hanging for public appreciation.
Galleries when I was there: Wan-Li’s Era of Talent and Elegance, Snap Taking and Slow Taking: Social Spectrum in the Age of Staged Photography and others which I regret to record.

Do check out these quotes which I have recorded from the walls of one of the galleries.

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Tradition is the foundation and platform for modernity, and is a very important means of visual creativity that lends art greater sustenance
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Bird and flower paintings are all meant for expressing feelings through images; they must contain the artist’s sentiments and personality within the scene, and must convey the artist’s unique style
– Huang Kuang-nan 

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
When it comes to conveying concepts through pictures, I firmly believe the essence of painting lies in the synthesis of form and meaning.
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)
Through self-observation, the artist gives a direct response the changes that has swept people’s social environment. This in turn gives his painting their frameworks, their colours and their charm of ink
– Huang Kuang-nan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (高雄市立美術館)

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D’skin

D'skin
I arrived at D’skin that was located conveniently at Novena Square to experience for myself one of their newly launched Gamma Light Mist Treatment. This Gamma Light Mist Treatment is said to be an advanced form of treatment that could reduce inflammation and revive tired skin. 
Since it was my first time at D’skin, my treatment started off with the standard skin analysis with the aid of a machine that could analyse stuff such as the hydration level of my face, mainly forehead and both cheeks. 
After removing my shoes, I was led into the treatment room all ready to begin. I know it sounds strange but the sounds of Gamma Light Mist got me kind of excited.
My face was gently given a double cleansed before steam was used to open up my pores. As I have oily skin and often have battles with my deadly acne enemies, my whiteheads were plentiful. A yellowish gel-like mask was applied on my face which needed time to harden before peeling off. It definitely was satisfying to see so much of my whiteheads being wiped out as the mask was peeled from my face! For facial treatment like this, I do not edit my face. Do check out my unedited pictures below and you would understand what I meant. (This whiteheads removal process is not part of the Gamma Light Mist Treatment.)
Minor extraction was next and my facial therapist was gentle in case it was too painful for me to bear. I have high medium-high pain threshold anyway. A device was used on my face after my extraction and it was prickly. Most probably the effect of bacterial elimination from my face. Another device that emits purplish lights can could only be visible from the camera screen aids in the rejuvenation process.
Next comes the Gamma Light Mist Treatment which emits mist that could penetrate into the deepest layer of my skin to activate each cell’s metabolic process. The mist emitted was cooling as though I was undergoing a face spa, coating my face with fine droplets and moisturising it in the process. It was probably about 10 minutes each time on the left, right and front of my face.
The treatment ended off with an oxygenated mask which was probably my first time hearing this term. The mask was clear, gel-like and had little lumpy stuff which I have no idea about. It was pretty easy to rinse off too.  
By the end of the treatment, besides the slight redness from the extraction process which was normal, I felt an improved resilience and my skin was indeed more hydrated too. The total length of the treatment was about 120 mins and suitable for all skin types.
Thank you Brandcellar and D’skin for the invite.
Su Beau Derma Clinik ([email protected] Square) 238 Thomson Rd, #03-13/14/15 [email protected] Square, S(307683)
Tel: 6252 5822 SMS: 9456 9533  
Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin
Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin
Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Gamma Light Mist Treatment Review at D'skin

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert – THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM
Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM
Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert – THE JAM has started and I still could not believe myself being seated on the second row, smacked right in the middle of the Esplanade Concert Hall! I was one of the fortunate few to be invited by DBS as a SPARKS fan.
Just a short recap, SPARKS is a mini series of episodes by DBS that is inspired by true stories, featuring a group of young bankers as they navigate work and personal lives. They challenged the status quo and went beyond when solving unusual client challenges. (You may want to also check out my previous when DBS launches SPARK episode 6 at DBS Asia X). 
The 7th episode has been up and running and in this latest episode, Sparks saw an all Singapore cast including Jaime Teo, Daren Tan, Noorlinah Mohamed and of course Nathan Hartono whom was one of the singers, together with Benjamin Kheng, Tabitha Nauser, Inch Chua and Andrew Marko performing that night! 
Besides the obvious beautiful voices of these 5 talented individuals, they definitely synchronised well while performing as a group. The zest and tons of humour they incorporated into their performance kept the audience wild and hyper! The funniest segment of the performance was when Nathan Hartono and Andrew Marko had a duet, singing out lyrics formed using “bad day” scenerios shouted out by the audience. Hmm, I should have shouted out something challenging for them!
That night ended with me and my friend getting the opportunity to take photos with the 5 stars singers. It was a thrilling experience for me since I hardly get the chance to be star struck!
Thank you DBS for the invite!  
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Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM
Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

The Nutcracker – A Magical Extravaganza Theatrical Performance Review

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
As the lights went off while the curtains went up, I was already seated at the edge of my seat, excitedly waiting for the performance to begin. I was least expecting Lawrence to make a grand magical appearance on stage which signalled the commencement of “The Nutcracker”.
For those who might not have known, “The Nutcracker” is an old Christmas classic tale of a young girl’s favourite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, came alive and after defeating the evil rat king in battle, brought her to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.
Jointly produced and presented with a twist from the original “The Nutcracker” by Gateway Entertainment and P’art 1 Design, this magical theatrical production has incorporated countless world-class illusions, known as magic in layman or kiddy terms. With the performance performed by award-winning Lawrance Khong and his daughter Priscilla Khong, together with an international dance troupe of 14 dancers and supported by over 50 backstage crew. No wonder the show had such an excellent and smooth flow of scenarios. 
Basically throughout the entire performance, there were almost no narration or dialogue except for maybe a brief introduction by Lawrance. Despite that fact, I could still easily understand and interpret the storyline through the professional acting of the performers. Their facial expressions, movements as well as the multiple dances performed kept me leaning over the edge of my seat since I was seated nearer to the back of the theatre.
My senses were overwhelmed in a positive aspect by the digital screen, an unconventional technological backdrop that displayed special 3D effects and laser-like lights that dances with the rhythm as well as for dramatic enhancement. Not forgetting a running scene where projection was used for a hyper reality effect that kept audiences in awe. Smoke was also incorporated close to the end of the performance.  
Elaborated props and colourfully designed costumes definitely deserved a thumbs up as well as such elements added to the overall visual of the performance. I could still remember my fascination as performers appear on stage, each with a totally different yet coherent style of costumes, scenes after scenes. I wouldn’t mind wearing such nice costumes as well too! I went “OMG’ when a realistic structure of a massive branch slowly descended from above. A rhetorical question of how on earth and how much effort and time was needed to make that? I exited my thinking cloud as I preferred to continue enjoying the performance since that particular scene reminded me of the movie “Monster, Inc”.
Tempted to go on and on describing every detail from the different scenarios to the breath taking magic performance but I would never want to spoil surprises. Do take a look at their website and tickets are available to be purchased on https://nutcracker.gateway.sg/.
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza
Thank you Gateway Entertainment and Affluence PR for the magical invite!

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System Review

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Maintaining my oral hygiene and keeping my teeth white is definitely a dread for me. Although I hardly drink coffee or alcohol, tea was the main culprit that stained me teeth and it has unknowingly became my habit to order ‘teh ping’ (ice tea) at least 3 times a week.
Brighttonix has recently launched the Y10 system which is a procedure that provides immediate results in teeth whitening as well as oral cavity rejuvenation. Nowadays, results are what everyone would expect to see. The earlier and more obvious the results are, the better.
My experience with Brighttonix began with the comparison of my current teeth shade to a scale of teeth shades from 1 to 29 as shown in the picture below. Mine falls under 11 despite the fact that I did scaling at the dentist just a week before. 
I was then led to a sofa beside a pretty portable I-pad looking system with an attached disposable mouthpiece. With an initial shade and P3 (30 mins) preset selected, the nurse proceeded on to remove the plastic packaging of the mouthpiece. A special bright blue toothpaste was then squeezed along the groove of the top as well as the underside. I was asked to bite onto the mouthpiece before the timer started running in percentage.
The toothpaste was minty and completely edible as explained by the nurse. I guess that swallowing the toothpaste was one of the primary concerns that people would question. At first, like everyone else, I was a bit hesitant to swallow even the slightest bit of saliva that formed in my mouth. I ended up just swallowing it since it was safe to do so or it would ended up overflowing from my mouth.
So what exactly does this Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System does?
It employs low power radio frequency (RF) technology that would remove stains from teeth enamel within that single session of 30 mins time frame. Think about the constant vibration that would occur between the Y10 toothpaste and the stains of your teeth at the molecule level. This collision and separation occur about 7 million times per seconds, resulting in stains being pulled out and leaving whiter teeth.
Thankfully it was only 30 mins since I get bored easily while fiddling with my phone.
This treatment is considered safer since it was painless, pleasant and do not have any post-treatment side effects at all. Best reward of all would be able to see instant results from a single session of Brighttonix Mouth Rejuvenation treatment. I have witnessed other influencers who did their treatment during the media launch and their teeth went a few shades whiter, leaving them a wide smile on their faces!
The treatment ended with me gargling my mouth and once again comparing my teeth against the scale. My teeth actually went a shade whiter from 11 to 9 even though I did scaling just a week before!
Who wouldn’t want to smile in front of the camera with whiter teeth?
Centre for Cosmetic Rejuvenation & Surgery

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Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System
Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

World of Bird Nest Museum Trip at D’Kranji Farm Resort

World of Bird Nest Museum
It was my first time heading all the way to D’Kranji Farm Resort early in the morning when I could have just lie in bed lazing my morning away. That day was a trip specially catered to bloggers and instagrammers, people who are keen to spread the word that a Birdnest Museum does exist in some ulu part of Singapore.   
There is this bus called the Kranji Countryside Express bus that runs daily from Kranji MRT station to D’Kranji Farm Resort (World of Birdnest Museum). Including public holidays.
Round trip costing $3 per adults while children and senior citizen would cost $1 per pax.
Take a look at the short video I edited to find out about the event happenings that day!
Bus schedule:
From Kranji MRT to D’Kranji Farm Resort:
8.30am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm, 5.45pm


From D’Kranji Farm Resort to Kranji MRT:
9.10am, 10.35am, 12.35pm, 14.05pm, 15.35pm, 17.20pm, 18.35pm
    

World of Bird Nest Museum


Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
I was lucky enough to get hold of a pair of Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 tickets for the trade preview on Thursday and decided to head over to Marina Bay Cruise Centre to explore. It is basically a festival to showcase Singapore’s speciality coffee, local kopi as well as the cafe lifestyle.
I arrived about 7pm and there wasn’t much crowd since the people attended that day were probably bloggers or from the media. The aroma of coffee filled the air and I was trigger-happy, busy snapping photos, but of course not forgetting to appreciate the booths that were beautifully set up to attract and welcome visitors. Be prepared to get your bags spot checked on both level 1 and level 2 before entering!
Each ticket holder will be entitled to a card with 2 stickers that could be used to redeem 2 cups of sample beverage. I ended up using both stickers on chocolate drinks since I am rather sensitive to caffeine and definitely would not be able to sleep the entire night. I loved the chocolate drink series from Grounded Pleasure so much that I ended up buying a packet of French Mint Drinking Chocolate (S$16.00) that reminded me of Christmas! I also tried the cream muffins (S$3.00 each) from Hattendo and they did not disappoint. The bread-like texture with a caramelised biscuit-like top was filled with lovely cream. Unfortunately only the kaya cream was left since both the chocolate and matcha were sold out. 
With over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry, scheduled activities such as educational talks, workshops as well as music, it would be a great way to spend one’s weekend.

The event is happening from 4 – 6 August 2017. Do check out their webpage here
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017
Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Hattendo cream muffins

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017

Singapore Coffee Festival 2017