Greatest Hits and Misses from 6 Screen Versions of《西游记》(Journey to the West)

This video is seriously epic!

It brought back many fond childhood memories for Rachel and I and also tickled our funny bones. 《西游记》(Journey to the West) has been made into so many different screen versions through the years, but the 1986 China-made TV version still remains the best in my opinion:

西游记 (1986年电视剧) - 1986 China-made TV version of "Journey to the West"
西游记 (1986年电视剧) - 1986 China-made TV version of "Journey to the West"

The 孙悟空 (Sun Wu Kong) played by China actor, 六小龄童 (Liu Xiao Ling Tong) remains the most memorable and iconic 孙悟空 ever. All other versions are compared to him as a yardstick till this day:

六小龄童 (Liu Xiao Ling Tong), the undisputed best 孙悟空 (Sun Wu Kong) actor ever
六小龄童 (Liu Xiao Ling Tong), the undisputed best 孙悟空 (Sun Wu Kong) actor ever

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Movie Preview – Bridesmaids (M18)

Bridesmaids movie poster
Bridesmaids movie poster

Bridesmaids is a chick flick I actually enjoyed. It is now showing in Singapore cinemas. I watched the preview with Rachel last Tuesday, thanks to the folks from UIP.

The movie was a suprise hit in the US – it surpassed Knocked Up to become the top-grossing Judd Apatow production yet, grossing an “impressive” $26,247,410 on its opening weekend, the #1 opening comedy and settling for a strong second place behind Thor (via wikipedia).

The cast features largely unknown actors and actresses, but that’s  the beauty of it as all of them add equal flavour to this romantic comedy for a holistic appeal.

Rachel thinks Bridesmaids will be a great movie for sisterhood bonding between a bride and her bridesmaids. I, on the other hand, thinks it will be a great movie for those (particularly single ladies) walloping in self-pity to get out of their comfort zone and fix their own loser life instead of always blaming others for their misfortunes.

I would prefer Bridesmaids to phoney “Eat, Pray, Love” yoga and “exotic” Asia crap  chick flicks anytime.

Bridesmaids (2011):

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Matt Lucas, Jill Clayburgh, Rebel Wilson, Michael Hitchcock
Directed by: Paul Feig
Writers: Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Produced by: Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Barry Mendel
Executive Producer: Paul Feig

This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.

Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

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Singapore Blog Awards 2011 @ Shanghai Dolly, 23 Jul, 2.30 to 5pm

After three months of contest and campaigning, the Singapore Blog Awards 2011 will draw to a close tomorrow at Shanghai Dolly, 2.30 to 5pm at the finale award ceremony.

This is the fourth year omy.sg is running the Singapore Blog Awards. We are only able to run it bigger and better with the support of our generous sponsors, participating partners, bloggers and voters. A BIG THANK YOU to all!

This year, omy.sg is collaborating with our technology partner LiveShare (by cooliris) to bring you LIVE photo streams from the Singapore Blog Awards ceremony at Shanghai Dolly! The omy team will be sharing photos LIVE as the ceremony unfolds, so that everyone can check out the guests, activities, and most importantly, the WINNERS of the 10 main categories and 4 sponsored categories as they are being announced, even if you are not physically present!

Just visit our official website (http://sgblogawards.omy.sg) to catch the latest updates. If you are attending the event, you are strongly encouraged to download LiveShare too to contribute to the photo sharing experience.

Now I have to go stress myself over what to wear tomorrow to fit the “History Gets Social” theme….

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Waterfront Feast @ Riverside Point

I am never going to lose weight if I keep working at food events like this Waterfront Feast at Riverside Point, organised by omy.sg and Riverside Point. Not that I am complaining, being the glutton that I am. 🙂

My colleague, Hock Chuan with the bloggers
My colleague, Hock Chuan with the bloggers

For the Waterfront Feast event, I got to sample food from four selected F&B outlets in Riverside Point, together with a group of 14 bloggers.

You can read their reviews on the official website for this event. There’s a voting contest going on for another related feast event at Far East Square – simply vote for your favourite blogger and you stand to win $50 Far East Square F&B vouchers!

More about Riverside Point:

Address: Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road
Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay

A waterfront dining venue by the beautiful historic Singapore River, Riverside Point will tantalise patrons with popular and unique restaurants like Brewerkz, Harry’s Bar, Jumbo Seafood @ Riverside, Chen Fu Ji Sing Flagship Branch and Café Iguana.

Below are some photos I took at the event as well as some background information on the four F&B outlets, taken from the official website.

1. Jumbo Seafood @ Riverside
The Singapore home grown seafood restaurant group was established in 1987 and after years of continuous effort in providing quality food and service, JUMBO SEAFOOD has grown into a group of 6 restaurants serving live seafood prepared in familiar local and Hong Kong styles. With a team of dedicated and innovative F&B professionals, they strive to serve quality food at reasonable prices in a friendly environment.

Jumbo's Executive Chef greeting everyone
Jumbo's Executive Chef greeting everyone
Bloggers with aprons ready for feasting
Bloggers with aprons ready for feasting
Jumbo's signature Chili Crab
Jumbo's signature Chili Crab
Serving portion of Chili Crab with delectable fried Mantous
Serving portion of Chili Crab with delectable fried Mantous
Salted Egg Golden Prawns
Salted Egg Golden Prawns
Serving portion of Salted Egg Golden Prawn
Serving portion of Salted Egg Golden Prawn
Blogger Celeste getting interviewed by my colleague, Hock Chuan
Blogger Celeste getting interviewed by my colleague, Hock Chuan

2. Café Iguana
Café Iguana, one of Singapore’s favourite Mexican restaurants and bars, features one of Asia’s largest selections of tequilas – over 100 labels of 100% blue agave tequilas and handcrafted mescals- as well as Singapore’s favourite margaritas, made with 100% agave El Charro Reposado and real fruit juices and purees. Café Iguana prides itself on providing the freshest ingredients and serving some of Singapore’s best Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes including sizzling fajitas, chimichangas, and quesadillas.

Next stop, Cafe Iguana
Next stop, Cafe Iguana
Tables were all set with press releases and all
Tables were all set with press releases and all
The friendly PR lady greeting everyone
The friendly PR lady greeting everyone
Red Snapper Enchiladas
Red Snapper Enchiladas
Signature margarita
Signature margarita
Mexican rice
Mexican rice
Some savoury beans
Some savoury beans
A lovely combination
A lovely combination
Taco and Salsa
Taco and Salsa
Blogger Becky getting interviewed
Blogger Becky getting interviewed

3. Harry’s Bar
Harry’s has over 30 premium bars conveniently located island wide, and is a must visit for tourists and locals. Harry’s offers a range of fine wines, spirits and a wide selection of beers, one of which is Harry’s own beer label, Harry’s Premium Lager (HPL) which has proven to be a hit since its launch in April 2010. Harry’s is definitely the bar to be in whether it’s to unwind after a day’s work, catch live sports, hang out with a few friends or just for an enjoyable night out!

Moving on to Harry's Bar
Moving on to Harry's Bar
Free order of beverages all round
Free order of beverages all round
Signature Fish & Chip (this is just half a portion)
Signature Fish & Chip (this is just half a portion)
The PR lady from Harry's Bar coming to greet everyone
The PR lady from Harry's Bar coming to greet everyone

4. Brewerkz Restaurant & Microbrewery
The iconic full-service restaurant features high quality American-style food and a full range of premium beers handcrafted on-site. You can find up to 13 different types of Brewerkz beer on tap each night, with 6 favourite brews always on tap and a new beer or two coming out each month. They offer all-American cuisine with an emphasis on regional dishes from the Deep South, the South West and California.

Interesting new "Scholar Red Beer" from Brewerkz
Interesting new "Scholar Red Beer" from Brewerkz
I love these Buffalo wings
I love these Buffalo wings
Different beer brews from Brewerkz
Different beer brews from Brewerkz
How spicy can you go?
How spicy can you go?
I sampled one of each...
I sampled one of each...
and went back for more "Suicide" of course!
and went back for more "Suicide" of course!
Final cheers
Final cheers

If you feel like going down to try out some of these F&B outlets at Riverside Point after reading this post, there’s good news – Riverside Point is running a series of promotions till 31 July 2011! Visit their promotions page to find out more!

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1 Caramel @ Rochester Park

1 Caramel @ Rochester Park
1 Caramel @ Rochester Park

I am not a big dessert person, but I find myself enjoying everything I was served at 1 Caramel during a food sampling session with a group of omy.sg bloggers for their brunch and dessert selections.

Credits go to food blogger, Justin Pereira for the detailed descriptions of each of the dishes, which I got off his blog post on  1 Caramel. You can read the blog entries written by the other bloggers who attended the sampling session to get a variety of views.

We started with the Traditional Eggs Benedict with Smoke Salmon ($14). I like my egg runny and enjoys how the yolk burst into colour when one splice open the egg.

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon
Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

We moved on a whole series of desserts thereafter, starting with The Posh Platter ($22). This includes fingers portion of French brie with truffle oil and cherry tomatoes of a toasted brioche; asparagus wrapped in prosciutto; and smoked salmon tarts with creme fraiche and ocean trout caviar. All are delightful to look at and flavourful to savour.

Smoked salmon tarts with creme fraiche and ocean trout caviar
Smoked salmon tarts with creme fraiche and ocean trout caviar
Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto
Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto

Next up was a special serving of freshly made Raspberry Chocolate Lollipop. The ladies went all ga-ga when they saw this beautiful little thing served in a poise, mini tray.

Raspberry Chocolate Lollipop
Raspberry Chocolate Lollipop

This was followed by the 1-Caramel Assiette (5 desserts for $24, perfect for sharing) which invited even more “oohs” and “aahs” from the ladies, captivated by the loveliness and delicacy of the desserts.

You know you are dining with bloggers when the first thing they do is to snap photos when the food arrives!
You know you are dining with bloggers when the first thing they do is to snap photos when the food arrives!
1-Caramel Assiette
1-Caramel Assiette

The items we tried included:

Tropical Vodka Trifle, a creation of Pineapple Gazpacho Jelly, Pineapple sponge cubes with crystallized baked almonds topped with coconut sorbet.

1 Caramel Baked Alaska
1 Caramel Baked Alaska
This looks really messy, but it was delicious!
This looks really messy, but it was delicious!

1-Caramel Baked Alaska, a combination of homemade chunky strawberry and vanilla Madagascar ice cream coated with rhum Italian meringue on top of a nutty chocolate brownie.

Earl Grey Creme Brulee
Earl Grey Creme Brulee

Earl Grey Creme Brulee, an infusion of earl grey tea leaves in a traditional French baked custard dessert served with grissini cheese straws dusted with tea and icing powder.

Raspberry Lychee Rose Pannacotta, Lychee Lemon Compote, a combination of two exquisite puree scented with the essence of rose in a classic Italian cold pudding served with chunky lychee and lemon compote.

Death by Chocolate
Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate by no means suggests that one would perish after eating it. But its pure chocolately goodness that extends from the Varlhona Sofiato molten cake to the dark chocolate sorbet, and bits of different pieces laid behind.

Midori Macaron, 1-Caramel’s signature green tea macaron filled with tonka bean compote and Japanese Yuzu ice cream.

A chocolate lover, without question, my votes goes to Death by Chocolate as the favourite item on the platter.

Everyone enjoying their food
Everyone enjoying their food

To round up the evening, two fluffy Souffles were served:

Miso Souffle with Yuzu Ice Cream ($14)
Miso Souffle with Yuzu Ice Cream ($14)
What better way to round up the evening than with Souffles?
Passionfruit Souffle with Banana Passion Sorbet ($14)

The Souffles were really lovely. I like the Asian infusion into this classic French dessert. I will be back for this with Rachel.

The day ended with some group photo taking. Good food, new friends, a cosy ambient what more can one ask for in an evening date? 🙂

Group photo with the bloggers
Group photo with the bloggers
Bloggers group photo, minus yours truly
Bloggers group photo, minus yours truly

1-Caramel Dessert Boutique

Address: 1 Rochester Park, Level 2 Singapore
Tel: +65 6774 1302
Website: http://www.1-caramel.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1Caramel
Opening Hours
Mon–Fri: 11.30am–2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm
Sat–Sun: 10am–3pm, 6pm–10.30pm

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