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LIMITED EDITION SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX COFFEE TABLE BOOK

This post is long overdue and in the spirit of Singapore Grand Prix 2011, an event I hope to visit someday, it’s still not too late to unveil the only copy of the limited edition Singapore GP Coffee Table Book in Brunei Darussalam (confirmed by Singapore Tourism Board). The package arrived while I was in Jakarta for an ASEAN Basketball League assignment. I understand this is one of only 500 copies in print worldwide. I cannot thank STB and SingaporeGP enough for this exclusive gift!

This book thunders through those round-the-clock events and how Singapore made them all possible. Before a single Formula One engine revs on Singapore soil, immense preparatory ground work must be done, such as the building of the circuit lighting infrastructure and the repaving of roads. The marketers shift into overdrive — drumming up interest and raising publicity.

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE GRAND OPENING DAY 2011

Inside the Universal Studios Singapore Grand Opening “hat box” handed out to all guests and media last night are a treasure chest of signature memorabilia.

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Members of the media from TV crew, photographers and journalists assemble after a quick registration before ushered to their seats.

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Former MTV VJ and model Dennis Keller gets the ball rolling as host for this Grand Opening

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Opening speech by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of The Genting Group & Resorts World Sentosa
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Speech by Mr Tom Williams, Chairman & CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts
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Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, receiving a token of appreciation from the Executive Chairman of Genting Singapore.
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Marilyn Monroe—American multi-award winning actress, singer and mode most noted for her Golden Globe Award performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Her legacy lives on at Universal Studios.
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A stunt woman wrestles with a villain as part of the Grand Opening act.
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A Brandon Fraser look-alike from the blockbuster series The Mummy

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One of my favourite Director-Marilyn Monroe photo moment — Perfecto!

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Here’s a face in the parade I recognized from a previous visit and a photo I took of her posing for my favourite pizza parlor. See link immediately below and you’ll find pictures of Loui’s Pizza Parlor.

SIZE MATTERS AT LOUI’S PIZZA NY PARLOR AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

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PAULA ABDUL PRESS CONFERENCE – UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE
DANCE TOWN CHAOS PERFORMS AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE GALA NIGHT

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A curious Paula Abdul stops and grabs hold of a visitor’s Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Paula loves kids and makes time to talk to them.

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Paula Abdul’s palm prints and autograph after the parade. I was getting acquainted with new friends at a nearby eatery and missed the actual hand printing.
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Security and staff making sure the still-wet slab doesn’t get additional features by making we maintain a safe distance.

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DANCE TOWN CHAOS + KIMBERLY CALDWELL GALA NIGHT PERFORMANCE
OSIA MODERN AUSTRALIAN CUISINE | FROM THE KITCHEN OF MICHELIN STAR DIN TAI FUNG

The tweet right above refers to this picture but a typo on my part left many confused. Haha! This Indonesian visit let me take a shot of the reflection of USS staff packing up after a successful event.
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The Great Singapore Sale, Food, Tweets and All That

THE GREAT SINGAPORE SALE 27 May ~ 24 July 2011
Shop and shop and shop at the Great Singapore Sale 2011

Some of my friends who follow my tweets were pretty shocked to read tweet after tweet about my “shopping spree” in Singapore recently. Rightly so considering I’ve never been one to indulge and share so openly yet after having done so, it feels strangely liberating. Perhaps women, the gender we typically label as shopaholics, have known all along the therapeutic effects of retail indulgence!

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A bystander on the first floor of 313 SOMERSET shopping centre looks at the crowd (see image below) while waiting for his other half to finish browsing a gift shop.


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Other than formal business wear, I normally do not pay much attention to Marks & Spender jeans as I had never been a big fan of their cut. By some sheer coincidence this particular North Coast Boot cut got my attention, tried it on and it’s sold. Period.
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A single USB socket seems restrictive at times when you need to charge more than one compatible device.



Canon at VivoCity has had a make-over since the last time I reported to the mothership a couple of years back. I like the new refreshing look and feel of the new showroom along with what appears to be a lot more demo units than before for prospective clients to play with.


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Very much the quintessential tan leather bag I spotted at the Miri store last week. It was not available at the Orchard Road outlet but a welcome sight here at Esprit VivoCity.
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Digital photography eats storage for breakfast and the situation does not get better even when bigger capacity storage devices are available. While storage prices have fallen in recent times, they are still by no means cheap. I have stayed with SanDisk for its reliability that I’ve come to trust.

MEANWHILE AT THE FOOD REPUBLIC, 313 SOMERSET ….

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Starting out as a family business in 1970 at the Singapore Newton Hawker Centre,  Thye Hong Hokkien Mee now specialize in local favourites such as Fried Prawn Noodles, Char Kway Teow and Fried Oyster Omelette. What sets this stall apart is the Opeh leaves on which their foods are served.

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It is suggested to wrap the food 15 minutes before savouring in order to bring out the full aromatic flavour of their fried dishes.
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Fried Prawn Hokkien Noodles served on Opeh leaves to bring out the full aromatic flavour.

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Peking Duck @ Food Republic, 313 Somerset shopping.

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Din Tai Fung is an award-winning restaurant originating in Taiwan, specialising in xiaolongbao (small steamed buns).Outside its native Taiwan, Din Tai Fung also has its restaurant chains in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, and Thailand. My first Din Tai Fung experience was at BAITS, Resorts World Sentosa.

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Double Boiled Steamed Chicken soup
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Shanghainese drunken chicken
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Super delicious Xiao Long Bao.

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Duck roasted w/ Angelica Herb believed to nourish the blood, promotes blood circulation and remove blood stagnation, treats deficiencies and habitual constipation.

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We ordered identical dishes to the menu I had when I was here for a Singapore Tourism Board assignment. The idea is to extend my Garuda “Traditional In Every Bite” Padang Cuisine experience to her who’s dining there for the first time.

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Strawberry and Raspberry Custard Tartlet at Cedele Bakery Cafe, VivoCity while waiting for my wife to finish her shopping at UniQlo which is just right next door.


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A Japanese exhibitor and visitors at the Japan Fair, lobby of Orchard Central

Various images below photographed in the vicinity of Ibis Hotel, Bencoolen Street.

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Traditional shoe repair, a dying trade you can still find in Singapore. Judging from the number of backlog of women’s shoes, I’d say this cobbler’s days are not yet numbered.
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Early in the morning where trishaws are securely parked right next to the food court.
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This auntie said to me, “If you ever need someone to make coffee for you in Brunei, I’m available.”

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