Gala Premiere of "7 Letters" SG50 Anthology Film At Iconic Capitol Theatre On 24 July 2015: A Landmark, One-of-a-Kind Project By Seven Eminent Singapore Filmmakers
What a great way to start a great weekend! I've attended the gala premiere of 7 Letters last night, one of the most anticipated local releases, a one-of-a-kind project celebrating Singapore’s 50th year. The screening of 7 Letters is held over three nights from 24th to 26th July 2015 and will be the first film to premiere at the iconic Capitol Theatre since its last cinema showing in 1998.
Singapore’s seven most illustrious directors including Royston Tan, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng, Eric Khoo, K Rajagopal, Jack Neo and Kelvin Tong, have gathered their creative storytelling and filmmaking talents. Each produced, wrote and directed a segment, reflecting on our social and cultural milieu. Each with their own disparate styles and cinematic voice.
7 Letters represents seven heartfelt ‘love letters’ to Singapore, capturing each of the directors’ personal and poignant connection with the place they call home. The seven stories tell of our heartland and its people through tales of lost love, identity, inter-generational familial bonds and tensions, unlikely neighbours, and even references to traditional folklore.
There are no dramatic retellings of historical events, political undertones nor propaganda in any of the seven, and that's what makes ‘7 Letters’ a pleasure to watch as it shows what makes Singapore, Singapore.
Hi everyone, I am taking another short break from blogging as I’ve again decided to be a good boss to my blogging self - this confessed work-and-travelholic is going to take the next week off to Perth in Australia! I still have quite a few scheduled travel posts on Japan and Hong Kong that I've committed to, think I'll really going to be very busy after i return from a cold OZ winter vacation.
I'll resume posting my travelogues in late July, I look forward to getting back to you soon again! Bon voyage!
Osaka isn't just big, it's unique. Many people are surprised to find that Osaka has a completely different personality from Tokyo. Where Tokyo is reserved, Osaka is extravagant. Where Tokyo is shy, Osaka is warm and outgoing. A century ago, city builders eyeing undeveloped land in southern Osaka created a neighborhood that captured Japan’s worship of the West and its determination to compete as an equal.
The neighborhood, born in 1912, was called Shinsekai (新世界), meaning the New (新) World (世界) in Japanese. Shinsekai has that time warp feeling of 1960s Osaka and gives you a unique, cross cultural kind of feeling.
Shinsekai went through ups and downs over the decades, including a prolonged slump from which it started recovering in the past few years in the unlikeliest fashion. Nowadays, the neighborhood that embodied foreign glamour has become known, through a mix of circumstances and clever marketing, as a quintessentially old-fashioned Japanese neighborhood and as a slice of the authentic Osaka.
The main symbol here is the Tsutenkaku (通天阁) Tower, completed in 1912, symbolizing the birth of a New World. Tsutenkaku basically means “The Tower Reaching to Heaven” which is the landmark of Shinsekai till now. The area was modeled after New York to its south and Paris to its North.
On a hot summer day, nothing beats a couple scoops of green tea ice cream. Anything cold and sweet makes the heat just a little more bearable.
The current muggy weather in Singapore sends me back to one of my favourite moments for big scoops of green-tea ice cream in Kyoto. Kyoto is known for its green tea. If you love green tea, you will surely love Kyoto.
I thank all my readers for the trip down memory lane.
When I first created my travel photography blog in July 2010, never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that five years later I would be celebrating my blog anniversary while still busy travelling around the world. Obviously, I owe it all to those of you who continue to visit the blog and read my posts everyday and also those of who follow me on social media. I still can’t believe all the wonderful things that have come about and all the amazing people I’ve been privileged to meet and even befriend in the last five years.
It’s not always been easy but it’s certainly been a rewarding and interesting five years. I think some people have a vision that everything just falls in my lap. On some occasions, it actually does but the majority of the time, I go out and make things happen. Having a blog means that I can’t be shy about reaching out to people or going places on my own. It means having a curiosity to learn more and do more so I can share it with you. It means not being afraid to travel to a foreign country. But more than anything, I hope that whatever I do inspires you to do something, whether it’s to attend an exhibition, travel, or just be a better person.
The idea behind my blog is to encourage, equip and inspire people around the world to live their best life and so it'll just continues and hopefully tomorrow, I will have another post written for you as we all try to make the world a better and happy place together.
I am forever grateful for the continued support and encouragement from all of my wonderful readers and friends. Thanks so much again for a fantastic five years! I hope I can continue on for at least another five years. If you’ve been a regular for a while, what’s been your favourite post from the past five years?
Authentic Bing Sutt In Hong Kong Since 1966: Star Cafe At Tsim Sha Tsui 在香港尖沙咀区1966年开始营业的星座冰室, 瑟缩在闹市中的地库
Welcome to a piece of Hong Kong’s local culture!
The Star Cafe located in Tsim Sha Tsui was once the haunt of film stars. The bing sutt is still popular with locals and tourists. It was opened in 1966 by a group of Cantonese movie stars. Star Cafe is part of a unique Hong Kong dining culture called bing sutt (冰室) popularized around the 1950s as a result of the convergence of cultures. After the 2nd World War, Western food became increasingly popular in Hong Kong with the British colonization. However, such food remained beyond the financial reach of many people. Bing sutts used to be high-end places to go. Local diners started offering dishes with Western influences at affordable prices (this must be one of the earliest versions of fusion food).
This type of fusion cuisine or “soy sauce Western 豉油西餐” (adding of Chinese ingredients into Western dishes) started the trend for cha chan teng 茶餐厅 and bing sutt 冰室 (smaller menu than 茶餐厅), serving localized versions of Western comfort food as well as iced drinks, coffee, and tea. Such places are no-frills, low-priced and operate round-the-clock. The perennial air of boisterousness is characteristic in such places.
Star Cafe had changed hands a few times since then, and the current owner took over in 1999 when the previous owner was getting too old. There are no elegant decorations and it's hidden away in a busy area – making you feel like you went back in time 20 years to a quieter time.
If you are tired of the temples and gardens of Kyoto and want a glimpse of everyday Kyoto life, a walk down Nishiki-koji (Nishiki market) will surely refresh your spirits. Located in central Kyoto, the narrow street, conveniently covered for the rain, has been supplying Kyoto’s residents with high-quality traditional ingredients for centuries. Although its present form and location is from the late 16th century, the market has been in place since the Middle Ages.
I always like to head straight to the markets and food enclaves when I arrive in a new city; it’s the pulse of how people live and how the food culture is surviving the perils of supermarkets and industrial food. Kyoto is known for its many culinary delicacies, and you'll find most of them at Nishiki. Meandering through the arcade one can easily be overwhelmed by the sights, the sounds and the smells of the market.
Most people call this place ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’ and you can see why with its specialist stalls bustling in activity and with fascinating displays of artisan produce and fresh local bounty; from glistening fresh seafood pristinely displayed to every imaginable dried fish and seafood, an extraordinary kaleidoscope of pickled vegetables and handmade sweets, and all the seasonal foods and specialties that the historical Kyoto cuisine is renowned.
说到京都，就不能错过号称 “京都厨房” 的锦市场。拥有四百年历史的京都人的厨房–锦市场，京都必访旅遊人气景点之一，且有京都厨房之美誉，聚集上百家的店舖，闹哄哄热闹非凡的商店街，集具了各种生鲜食材、传统小吃、菓子杂货等，除了是外来遊客最爱到访的地方，也是京都市民爱逛的市集之一。