Opened in July 2007 by owner Janice Yeo, Riders Café is one of Singapore’s most popular brunch spot. In fact, it is so popular that it is near impossible to get a table on weekend without advance reservation.
Weekend reservation has to be made weeks in advance and they do not take same day bookings for weekends and public holidays. All walk-in guests are seated from a wait list at a host stand.
Hidden somewhere behind the lush greenery in the heart of Bukit Timah, Riders Café is located in the same area as the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Diners get to view people riding or walking their horses while eating. A pretty surreal experience in this concrete jungle.
Rachel and I went there with my parents on a weekday noon. Food cost came to around $50 per pax. A tad steep, like Mimo Kitchen + Bar which used to be located beside it.
There is no air-conditioning in the restaurant, probably to keep to the serene, nature theme; but it is well-ventilated. Ask for the balcony seats if they are available to get a clear view of the horse-riding activities and to enjoy the greenery.
If you are interested to visit, my advise is to go during weekday lunch to avoid the crowd. If you prefer to go on weekends, make sure you call and make a reservation a few weeks in advance. The restaurant is not easily accessible by public transport. Be prepared to take a long, leisurely walk if you are not driving or taking a cab.
The bar was raised again with the return of the Singapore Dance Delight Vol.3, presented by F&N. This is the third year for this youth street dance competition and it has been growing in popularity and quality since its inception into Singapore.
Slick choreography, high flying dance moves and vibrant costumes were the norms for the night as 20 of the region’s top dance crews battle it out at Kallang Theatre for a ticket to compete in the international Dance Delight competition and other great prizes.
A total of 43 dance crews from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore competed in the preliminary round, with 20 teams making it to the finals on 17 March, about a month ago.
The judges for the competition this year comes with wealths of experiences and are well-known dance celebrities. Heading the panel is the creator of Dance Delight himself, Mitsuhiro Harada (Machine). His fellow judges include dance Yoshie and Tatsuo, both from Japan; James Brown (Loose Joint) from the US; and Ryan Tan from Singapore, the Creative Director of O School dance school.
I was present at the finals and here are some photos I took:
To celebrate the vibrancy of youth and dance, F&N Sparkling Drinksorganised a series of contests and activities to add to the excitement of Singapore Dance Delight Vol. 3. Fans of the top 20 finalists supported their favourite crew on the F&N Sparkling Drinks Facebook page and helped the top 3 most popular teams win 50 fan packs with specially printed t-shirts and other goodies to reward their loyal fans with.
Walk in comfort and wear in style with the new Crocs, so you will never have to sacrifice looking good for feeling good. Whether you are going to work or out for a night on the town, Crocs have styles that are perfect for any occasion.
Many people may not know that over the years, Crocs have slowly evolved from a one product (the “ugly” classic Crocsband shoes that you can immediately conjure an image of when the brand is mentioned) shoes retailer to offer an array of different shoes types.
Not convinced? Check out these two pairs of Crocs that Rachel and I owns:
Don’t they look like shoes that we can wear to work with (we have done that)? Best of all, they are really comfortable!
Still not convinced?
Let the professional models introduce you to the new Crocs.
Over the last 10 years, Crocs has transformed from a one shoe company into a brand that carries over 300 shoe styles each season. The folks at Crocs are so proud of the transformation that they want you to experience the same excitement by helping you to be transformed as well.
In order to do this, Crocs launched the New Crocs New You campaign, invites you to join them in this venture. From an innovative mobile application to a fantastic makeover competition, Crocs wants you to have the tools for the ultimate New You makeover.
Your chance at winning a total makeover package valued at USD8,000 is just a few clicks away. Go to the New Crocs New You website, and in 500 words or less, tell the world why you deserve the ultimate makeover. One finalist will be chosen from each participating country. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be awarded with S$6,000 shopping spree vouchers with a professional stylist. Once you are chosen, share your story with your friends and ask them to vote for you! If you have the most votes, you and a guest will receive round trip tickets and accommodation in a city of your choice*. You will also be sent on a shopping spree with a recognized beauty and style expert. They will then whisk you away to a salon where the New You transformation will begin.
Getting pampered and keeping up with the latest fashion trends are just a couple of those ways that keeps us feeling young and energized. You can stay up to date with the fashion pros since Crocs will be providing you with some great tips from a local expert stylist via the New Crocs New You website. Crocs will give you the inside scoop on how to pair yourCrocs shoes with the best colors and outfits.
Crocs Mix&Math Mobile App
For New Crocs New You on the go, you can download the Crocs mobile application,Crocs Mix&Match. This app lets you snap a picture of your outfit, allows you to choose the focus colors, and then matches the best pair of Crocs shoes to coordinate with what you are wearing. Want to try them on? No problem! You can try them on virtually by pointing your phone at your feet. If you love them, then you can purchase them through the application on the Crocs webstore:
With the Crocs Catalog on the New Crocs New You website and the Crocs Mix&Match mobile app, you can find your favorite pair of Crocs shoes and then share them with your friends via social networks, or you can purchase them online. The catalog features new styles that are so comfortable and stylish, they can be worn any day of the week.
As a brand Crocs is redefining themselves from a one-shoe company to now having over 300 styles available each season. What sets them apart from other brands is the Croslitetechnology that keeps their shoes comfortable from sun up to sun down. With the new collections, you don’t have to compromise style for comfort because with the new Crocs shoes, you get both! Whether you are going to the office or on a girl’s night out, you can be certain that Crocs have a style that is ready for you every day of the week. A shoe is more than just something that you wear on your feet. It is the foundation of your entire wardrobe. The perfect outfit without the right shoe can leave you feeling less than confident. Crocs won’t let you face this problem. From sexy wedges to stylish flats, Crocs are certain that any of their styles will be the perfect touch to your favorite outfit.
It is the largest collection of iconic works by Andy Warhol to be on display, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the artist’s death. The exhibition, sponsored by BNY Mellon and organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Warhol’s home town of Pittsburgh, chronicles the breadth of Warhol’s career and demonstrates the scope of his interests.
Exhibition trailer video:
Titled after a quote from the popular artist himself, “In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes”, Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternalfeatures over 260 paintings, drawings, sculptures, film, and video of the legendary artist’s works, marking the first time such an extensive collection is exhibited in Singapore. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a wide range of associated documents, interactive timelines, photographs,and archival material.
Andrew Warhola (6 August 1928 – 22 February 1987), better known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker. He was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art and was renowned for using mass production of popular culture such as advertising, comic books, and brand products, as the basis of his art. Andy Warhol – 15 Minutes Eternalfeatures his masterpieces including Jackie (1964), MarilynMonroe (1967), Campbell’s Soup (1961), Silver Liz (1963), Time Capsule 51 (1970’s), TheLast Supper (1986), and numerous iconic Self-Portraits.
Students and working professionals in the art, advertising and media industry should all visit this exhibition to discover more about the creative genius, Andy Warhol, whose name is synonymous with the pop art movement in the 50s.
Who knows what inspirations you may come up with after viewing.
The designer for the exhibition has taken pain and effort to come up with exhibits and activities targeted at children. This ranges from artworks displayed at children’s eye levels to specially designed Andy Warhol fun packs. Hence this is a great exhibition for families to bring children along, opening them to the world of pop art.
I have always been a fan of Andy Warhol‘s works. Back when I was an art student, I was intrigued by the concept of pop art and industrial art, popularized by artists like Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
I am always of the belief that good art should be accessible too. It explains why I am drawn to Warhol’s works. They are a snub in the face of uppity critics when he took simple, everyday mundane objects and convert them into fine art subjects.
I am equally comfortable admiring the illustration on the page of a comic page or manga as I am, glancing at the Mona Lisa.
Warhol draws inspirations from the news media, advertising designs and photographs, converting these otherwise transient everyday visuals into fine art for preservation.
Visitors to this exhibition will journey through four different stages of Andy Warhol’s life, starting from his early artistic years in the 1940’s to his final works in the 1980’s. The exhibition will present an extensive range of important artworks from the various phases of his artistic career.
This gallery will introduce Andy Warhol and the early influences in his art. It will showcase his drawings as a child, his first artworks as a commercial artist and the blotted line technique he created.
“The Factory Years” – 1960s
The 1960’s marked Warhol’s transition from commercial art to business art. It was during this time that he created the iconic masterpieces of the Campbell’s Soup Can and portraits of celebrities such as Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Films by Warhol will also be presented within this gallery, showcasing his diverse talents.
A separate space will be dedicated to recreating the Silver Factory, Warhol’s studio in the 1960’s in New York which was entirely covered with foil. To provide an interesting interactive experience, the space will feature costumes for visitors to dress up and be “a star for 15 minutes”, a photo booth to capture the experience, a reproduction of the couch from the Silver Factory from which visitors can enjoy his avant garde films, and the whimsical Silver Clouds (1966) piece made of floating helium balloons.
“Exposures” – 1970s
During the 70’s, Warhol’s celebrated use of Polaroids in photographing celebrities came toprominence. During this time, Andy Warhol focused on commissioned portraits to fund hisinterest in experimental film. This shift in focus is evident in the genre of art works on displaysuch as advertisements and silverprint photographs, which reflect Warhol’s fascination withfame and glamour. It is also during this time that he started creating time capsules whichcontained meaningful items collected from the various periods of his life. Out of the over 600time capsules Warhol created throughout his lifetime, visitors will be able to view one thatcontains over 50 magazines and books.
“The Last Supper” – 1980s
Having reached the pinnacle of success in the art world, Warhol ventured into television media with Andy Warhol’s T.V. and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes which visitors will be able to watch in this exhibition space. The diversity of his last decade of creation includes such works as the Endangered Species series, Rorschach series and Oxidation Paintings. The exhibition concludes with The Last Supper and Self Portrait, two iconic masterpieces he created at the very end of his life that are monumental in both scale and the impact they had in the art industry.
After walking through the exhibits, it was time for some fun. We went for a silkscreen printing workshop, available to the public upon registration.
There were two print designs available – an image of the ArtScience Museum or Andy Warhol. No price for guessing which was more popular. To be fair though, the former gives a better print because of the clean cut lines.
Visiting a museum exhibition nowadays isn’t like in the past where it is just about looking at “chim” paintings hung on the wall and nothing else.
Katong is always known as a place in Singapore with good food and rich cultural heritage.
When Food Republic set up a new outlet at the newly furbished 112 Katong shopping mall, they knew much effort has to been put in to keep up with the stiff competition in the area.
Enter many of Singapore’s favourite local delights and foreign food fares, with rows of chefs professionally at work in a full open kitchen concept.
A select group of 12 omy bloggers were invited to a media tasting session the previous Saturday (14 Apr). Other than just sampling a variety of signature dishes from the various stalls in Food Republic at 112 Katong, they also got to meet the chefs at the various stalls and observe them in action, whipping up delicious fares, one after another.
I was there with them. Below are some event photos I took:
The pictures are lips smacking good ain’t they? 🙂
This is precisely the unique culinary experience Food Republic seeks to bring out at 112 Katong:
MORE LOCAL FARE
Ever joined the long queue at Old Airport Road for the famous Cho Kee wanton noodles? Cho Kee Noodle brings the tried and proven 50-year-old recipe with a healthy twist to the wanton noodles. Mdm Soh, owner of Cho Kee Noodle, launched “coloured noodles”, like carrot and seaweed flavours, created especially for Food Republic 112 Katong.
The mini restaurants at Food Republic 112 Katong are also taken up by seasoned powerhouses, like Pepper Lunch and Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice. Creating a sizzle the moment it arrived on the shore of Singapore, Pepper Lunch presented the novel concept of a DIY sizzling steak at affordable prices. Recently crowned AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards 2010 Best Hawker, Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice is a national pride that has preserved the heritage of Hainanese Chicken Rice since 1989.
For a quick hunger fix, diners can look to Fortune Popiah for popular snacks such as the fulfilling Handmade Popiah and the crispy Kueh Pie Ti prepared on the spot upon order. Even the Popiah skin and Kueh Pie Ti cup is freshly made daily to ensure utmost satisfaction each and every time.
Diners can also look forward to other local veterans such as Yong Soon You Tiao, Thye Hong Fried Hokkien Mee, Fu Lin Tofu Yuen, Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodles and Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing serving their sumptuous delights. With a food history of at least 15 years, these stalls have continued to bring their heritage of food to customers.
With Singapore being a cosmopolitan country, customers can definitely expect popular international fare offered at Food Republic.
The Ju Shin Jung Korean Cuisine comes all the way from Korea, Seoul; serves authentic family-styled Korean food. Showcasing their fare in a food atrium environment for the first time, the family behind Ju Shin Jung has taken great efforts to infuse the Singaporean culture in dishes while retaining the Korean authenticity.
Famous stalls added to the melting pot include Dapur Padang, Formosa Delights, Bangkok Gem and Fragrant Hot Pot to delight the palettes of multi-racial customers.
PROFESSIONAL CHEFS’ KITCHEN
Be greeted by the rows of chefs as they indulge you with great tasting local delights made to perfection with their professional culinary skills. The kitchens are fitted with clear glass, which adds to the space and cleanliness while exuding an air of class. The clever use of the open kitchen concept allows patrons to see the chefs at work and the fresh ingredients used in whipping up the delicious food to double up as displays in the outlet.
About Food Republic @ 112 Katong
Opening: 25 November 2011
Address: 112 East Coast Road #04-01, 112 Katong (S) 428802
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 10am – 10pm
Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday: 10am – 11pm
Floor Size: 16,000 sq feet
Total No. of Stalls: 17 (14 stalls; 2 mini restaurants; 1 kiosk)
1a. Juice Bar
Specialties: Mixed fruit juice, Strawberry smoothie, Mango smoothie, Banana smoothie
NESCAFÉ® in partnership with KRUPS®, recently unveiled an innovation for coffee-lovers – the NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ Genio™ and Circolo™ Automatic flow stop systems. These two new introductions promise to ‘transform’ and ‘personalise’ our café-style coffee experience in the comfort of our home. NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ which means “very good taste” in Italian, seek to revolutionarise coffee enjoyment by allowing consumers to calibrate our own personalised perfect cuppa.
Well, NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™was the Winner of the 2010 Product of the Year award – this accolade is the largest consumer-voted programme in North America to recognize innovation among consumer goods. NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ was distinguished by voters for its originality, sleek design and multitude of beverage varieties, both hot and cold.
Yes, both hot and cold!
The cold option shouts out loudly when read by Singaporeans who generally prefer cold beverages due to our 24-7 hot weather. I tried the iced cappuccino at the event and it was pretty good.
Best of all, other than just coffee, tea is available too – an important option in a mostly Asian population in Singapore, equally attuned to tea appreciation as coffee.
NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ is a system that combines the expertise and heritage of coffee-making by NESCAFÉ® with the hallmarks of KRUPS® precision, engineering and technical expertise. In conjunction with the launch of these two new beverage systems, three new brews were introduced: Vanilla Latte Macchiato, Caramel Latte Macchiato and Espresso Ristretto.
NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ has a new tagline too – “Coffee Is Not Just Black”. This was tested in multiple countries in Europe and Asia with good response:
From April 2012, the NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™GenioTM and CircoloTM Automatic flow stop systems will be available in Singapore. Here are some of their key features:
– The new Automatic Flow Stop feature makes preparation easier and more convenient with the help of an easy to use selection wheel and lighted dosage level indicator. You can adjust the taste of your favourite beverage to your liking.
– The only system that makes both Hot and Cold beverages. The patented technology allows you to make hot beverages such as Espresso, Cappuccino, Green Tea Latte and cold options like Cappuccino Ice and Peach Tea.
– All-in-One, no need for a separate milk frother and yet personalize your beverages with the scroll wheel selector. Using milk capsules, any coffee enthusiasts can produce frothy foam on varieties like Green Tea Latte and Chai Tea Latte, all with the convenience of a single machine;
– From classic Cappuccino to rich Espresso and satisfying Lattes, NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ has the beverage selection to satisfy your coffee desires;
– This versatile machine can also serve velvety chocolate and soothing tea varieties*;
– To date, NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ has over 25 varieties available worldwide. These will be made available over time for the Singapore market.
* Hot chocolate, more tea varieties will be made available in the Singapore market at later dates.
– Premium coffee quality and machine precision expertise, guaranteed by NESCAFE® and KRUPS® brand names;
– Patented Thermoblock technology optimizes the extraction pressure for each variety, delivering a 15 bar pressure system that is equal or superior to coffeehouse standards;
– Energy saving feature that automatically switches the machine off after a short idle time.
Consumers can also look forward to three new highly popular varieties by the mid-year:
Vanilla Latte Macchiato: Aromatic bold espresso with exceptional layers of froth and vanilla hinted milk that can be indulged anytime. Caramel Latte Macchiato: A perfect blend of caramel, deep espresso and creamy froth – it’s a delicious escape whenever you need it. Espresso Ristretto: A little shot of coffee heaven: shorter than an espresso, full bodied with a velvety crema layer.
The new systems with automatic features are now available in all electrical chain stores, selected departmental stores, selected supermarkets and hypermarkets, and authorized dealers, the suggested retail prices are as follows:
– Genio™: $259
– Circolo™: $339
– Beverage Capsules: $10.90 (for 16 capsules per box)
The NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ multi-beverage system redefines “house blend,” offering aficionados the luxury and ease of brewing a rich variety of delicious, coffeehouse-quality coffees from the convenience of home. Recognizing that coffee cravings can change from day to day and from person to person, NESCAFÉ®, the world’s largest coffee brand, has teamed up with KRUPS®, the world leader in espresso coffee machines, to serve up a unique 15 bar pressure coffee. The NESCAFÉ® DOLCE GUSTO™ is a stylish machine that serves single-cup coffeehouse caliber coffee made of premium 100% Arabica beans. The machine has received accolades for its sleek design that brings a fun accent to all kitchen countertops. For more information: www.dolce-gusto.com.sg.
To the ladies of Singapore, from an NS girl by Melissa Sng on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 4:39am ·
I was once in green as well. And though any Singaporean guy can tell you this, I just thought it’ll be good to come out from another girl’s mouth, just so you know it’s not about “weak”ness, male egos and however else females somehow like to insult their brave NS men with 😦 So ladies, I know that the NS experience is the equivalent of a fairy story to you. But just so you know how privileged you are –
You may laugh at how funny botak heads and black spectacles look. For a new recruit whose name has become “Eh, Recruit”, and not the name he has had since always and will maybe lose to weird nicknames in the next two years of his life: at the most important stage of his life thus far, that is the last of his worries.
As you wake up leisurely just think about how they wake up, after 7 hours of sleep, to yet another punishing day of physical training.
As you freshen up remember that the amount of toothpaste they put on their toothbrush is one of the few decisions they actually get to make – at every other moment, they are told precisely what to do, and punished for anything short of robotic perfection.
As you choose what clothes to wear, know that he only has the choice between that still-damp-one-I-rinsed-in-the-sink and the-stinky-one-that-I-didn’t-get-to-wash.
And as you miss him, know that he is thinking of you every moment he can, as he does his monotonous physical exercises by each whistle blow, as he digs his shellscrape and the heat rash stings his entire body, as he listens to you say on the phone, “I wish you weren’t there. I don’t think I can do this for much longer”. Because, out of everything they have to endure, the only time I’ve seen them cry is when they think and talk about you. Their family.
Your boyfriend, your male friends, brothers and sons, may dislike the army for robbing him of his freedom and time, even his youth. Yet if you want to support them, don’t just side with them and resent the policy of NS too, just like that. Instead, please do your country a favour and treasure him, because otherwise he’s only got his buddy (and his rifle) and his commanders to watch his back and they’re all in this together; he’s got two years that he has no choice but to make the best of, while you are living your carefree life happily. Please don’t dismiss their efforts, mock the precious life that was lost and everything they sacrifice, to protect Singaporeans like you. And when they have ORDed, when they gang up together in their little huddles and talk about NS, please don’t feel left out.. I hope you feel appreciative. It’s the only thing your country demands of you in its defense.
Please do not take them for granted.
May PTE Lee rest in peace.
P.S. To all Mums: Solid home-cooked food during book-outs is a (Y).