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