The restaurant is the brainchild of chef and restauranteer, Mrs Reena Pushkarna and her son, Mr Kunal Pushkarna. Mrs Reena personally taught the all-Singaporean team of cooks the fundamentals of Middle Eastern cuisine and sent them to understudy in various kitchens in Israel. Pita Pan’s menu boasts modernized versions of all-vegetarian dishes from Mrs Reena’s personal vault of recipes.
I am not a big fan of vegetarian or extremely healthy food. Most of the time, taste is compromised and I am more of a foodie than a health nut (which explains my thick waistline).
I enjoyed my meal at Pita Pan though. The many sauces they offer were really rich and flavorful, compensating for the plain tasting pita bread and dough staples.
The restaurant’s Red Shakshuka comes highly recommended. This is the first time I am trying this tomato dish. The presentation in a sizzling hot pan looks awesome and very delicious, but I am not really a fan as it is a little too mild in taste for me.
Rachel and I particularly like the crispy pita sticks and the accompanying condiments. The mediterranean platter for two works for those who wants to try a bit of everything – kind of like an introduction to middle eastern mediterranean food.
While the restaurant food is not exactly cheap, it is one of the more budget alternative if you are in the Marina Bay Sands vicinity.
If you are interested to visit Pita Pan, here are the details:
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-87 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Tel: +65 6688 7450
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.
The relaunch campaign utilised recurring astronaut characters who can be seen in Carlsberg’s new TVCs, street mascots and other publicity material.
If you spotted a couple of astronauts hanging around your neighbourhood, the CBD or prime Orchard shopping area the past few weeks, they are likely Carlsberg mascots acting as a teaser for their relaunch campaign.
The relaunch marks Carlsberg’s shift to sport a novel face and voice, speaking to a much younger, adventurous and explorative market, derived via market research. With the relaunch, Carlsberg hopes to achieve its global brand ambition to double its gross band contribution (GBC) by 2015 and in Singapore, to reach out and connect to 2 million consumers.
“This marks a new era in Carlsberg; in Singapore, the region and internationally. We have combined our legacy and rich heritage with a modern look that will connect with a more vibrant crowd of drinkers, a group that constantly looks for challenges to overcome and new possibilities to explore. Carlsberg can now be a part of their lives, a brand that speaks to them, urges them to do more and be the reward for their daily act of courage,” said Mr Soren Ravn, the Managing Director of Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia.
Is your curiosity piqued?
Check out the two new “That calls for a Carlsberg!” TVC below:
The Carlsberg Group is one of the leading brewery groups in the world, with a large portfolio of beer and other beverage brands. The flagship brand – Carlsberg – is one of the best-known beer brands in the world and the Baltika, Carlsberg, and Tuborg brands are among the six biggest brands in Europe. More than 43,000 people work for the Carlsberg Group, and its products are sold in more than 140 markets.
In Singapore, Carlsberg has been marketed for more than 30 years and is acknowledged as the Number One imported premium beer in Singapore and Number Two in the total market. Apart from the flagship brand, Carlsberg also offers a wide variety of brands that include Carlsberg Gold, Carlsberg Special Brew, Kronenbourg 1664, Kronenbourg Blanc, SKOL, Danish Royal Stout, Corona, Tetley’s and Jolly Shandy in Singapore. With a full-time staff of over 70, Carlsberg Singapore is responsible for the sales and marketing operations, and drives all promotional activities for these well-known brands in Singapore.
The movie stars Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet, a wealthy newspaper publisher who is secretly a masked crimefighter; Jay Chou as Kato, the Green Hornet’s driver and sidekick; Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky/Bloodnofsky, an eccentric Russian mobster; and Cameron Diaz as Lenore “Casey” Case, Reid’s personal secretary and also both Reid and Kato’s love interest.
I thoroughly enjoyed this action-comedy. I was expecting Kato to be portrayed like the usual token exotic Asian in Hollywood blockbusters, nonetheless, he was given quite a lot of exposure and the Green Hornet turned out to be one who was portrayed like a goon.
Seth Rogen is one funny dude to catch with his goofy antics. Jay Chou’s English was horrible in the movie, often mumbling in a string of indiscernible words. However viewers will quickly forgive him when we witness his dead cool acting and fighting chops. I particularly enjoyed the performance of Christoph Waltz as the crazy, bad-ass Russian mobster. This dude is born to play psychopaths. My impression of him as the ultra Nazi villain, Colonel Hans Landan in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, is still etched deeply in memory.
Here’s the official trailer:
My blog post is titled with “a week” because if I wanted to, I could have watched The Green Hornet thrice at three separate screening events.
I met the winners and the folks from Domino’s Pizza at a bistro in Marina Bay Sands where we had a casual dinner and chit chat.
A stretch limousine was arranged to then ferry the winners in style to The Cathay where there premiere is happening. I got to hitch a ride together with them.
When we arrived at The Cathay, some screaming fans mistook our showy vehicle to be ferrying the stars, Seth Rogen and Jay Chou who was to make their appearance together with director, Michel Gondry. You should look at their funny expressions when a bunch of ordinary folks popped out instead!
I hung around to catch the red green carpet event. A string of lesser known local artistes stalled for time till the stars for the night, Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Michel Gondry made their appearance at 8pm.
Three days later on Thursday night, I was once again at another of The Green Hornet movie screening. This time, it was a private screening that Domino’s Pizza had generously arranged for their loyal customers and media partners in Singapore. The attendees get to feast on Domino’s pizzas before the screening and mingle around with the folks from Domino’s.
There you are, a whole week of The Green Hornet for me. 🙂
The movie is now showing in Singapore cinemas. Be sure to catch it!
It’s a great way to usher in the new year with my colleagues, getting a bird’s eye view of the Singapore cityscape from the greatest vantage point. The dinner was a delight too, so was the exciting lucky draw prepared by our bosses, Chim Kang and Kuan Fung.
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