Sunday, August 31, 2014

Night Dresses - Dresses of Memory at the Armenian Church Singapore ( Singapore Night Festival 2014)

They look like dresses for royalty, illuminated from 40 kilometres of fibre optic cables floating in the dark. Night Lights : Dresses of Memory by Taegon Ki (France/ Korea) displayed at the Armenian Church created an almost surrreal, ethereal vibe, enhanced by the stillness of the surrounding environment at the church. Love the way each dress changes colour through the night. The Singapore Night Festival 2014 has certainly outdone itself this year with the variety of light installations and sculptures, lighting up the heart of the city with energy and vibrance. With Singapore celebrating SG50 next year, I can only imagine better things to come for the Singapore Night Festival 2015. 

Festival Village at the Singapore Night Festival 2014 at Cathay Green

This year, the festival grounds of the Singapore Night Fest 2014 consists of 5 key zones -
Pretty Arty - National Museum of Singapore
Young Hearts -  Singapore Management University and School of the Arts 
Block Party - Armenian Street 
Festival Village - Cathay Green
Roundabout Midnight - Singapore Art Museum and Queen Street 

Made my way to the Festival Village at Cathay Green, the place to relax, enjoy some chill out music and artisan F and B as well as do a spot of flea marketing. Love the atmosphere of the Festival Village with its white lights and lanterns amidst the greenery. Close by is an illuminated jelly fish like structure called Night Lights : Cyanea by Cumulus (France) . Here, visitors can walk in and out of Cyanea's curtain of lit tentacles.  What better way to spent a weekend with beautiful lights , chatter and drinks ! Wished it could be all year round though with a change of structural displays and food stalls each time. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

William Close and Phoenix at the Singapore Night Festival 2014

The National Museum of Singapore came alive at the Singapore Night Festival with a stunning music visual performance by William Close. He was joined by different artistes for each half hour performance scheduled at various intervals and over 2 weekends in August. 

I managed to catch him only last night when he was joined by Phoenix . With his Earth Harp, William Close converted the whole facade of the National Museum into a musical instrument that resonates with ethereal melodies .  Together with the drumwork of Phoenix and elegance aerial dancers suspended from the top of the museum in folds of cloth, the night became breathtaking beautiful. 

The Singapore Night Festival this year has spread into various hives of activities with a line-up of local and international artistes all using the concept of space - starting from the Singapore National Museum to the Singapore Management University and School of the Arts (SOTA) as well as to Cathay Green, the Singapore Art Museum and Queen Street. It also spreads out to Armenian Street with its display of night dresses on the grounds of the Armenian Church. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Laduree Singapore

How is it possible that a macaron shop can be that beautiful ? One can mistake the Laduree shop at Takashimaya Singapore as a perfumery with its showcase of brilliant colours. A treasure chest of macarons consisting of a few trays like the one above costs over a thousand dollars. And there are lots of other kinds of packaging which are simply beautifully ! The perfectly decadent way of indulging.  A perfect way to make a girl deliriously happy !

Snowskin mooncakes

Many hotels, restaurants and even TWG and SIA are after a slice of the mooncake market. Even the famous Hong Kong ones such as Peninsula Hotel has a stall at the fair. But after tasting different snowskin mooncakes at the Takashimaya Mooncake Fair, I must say I was impressed with the taste of the yuzu and champagne truffle mooncakes from Baker's Well , a small bakery in Katong. The taste of the snowskin was light and chewy, never over powdery like some of the ones I've tasted. And the yuzu was such a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the lotus seed paste. Heard that snowskin mooncakes are a Singapore creation. When eaten fresh, it really taste heavenly and the translent colours of the skin make them lovely for display, just as beautiful as macaroons I must say. However they are only available once a year during the Mid-Autumn Festival.