Monday, August 25, 2014

[Singapore Cafe] Mooncakes from Metta Cafe

More traditional baked mooncake choices from Metta Cafe which offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian selection.
The Milk Tea Mixed Nuts, Osmanthus Seaweed King Melon Seeds and Green Tea Pistachio Nuts flavours sound interesting.  Shall check them out soon!
Metta Cafe
32 Simei Street 1, Singapore 529950
Tel: 6580 4624

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pu Jue Vegetarian Mooncakes (普觉素月饼)

Mid-autumn festival is approaching again!  What mooncakes are you planning to get?  Baked vs snow-skin mooncakes?  For the past many years, my preference have always been to go for baked mooncakes.  But recently, I discovered the yummilicious vegetarian snow-skin mooncakes from Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, the largest Buddhist Monastery in Singapore.  The prices are really reasonable too.

Prices for baked mooncakes range between $32 to $45 per box of 4 while for snow skin, the prices range from $38 to $40 per box of 4 or $30 per box of 8.  This is probably one of the most pocket-friendly mooncakes that you can find in town these days.  If box of 4 is too much, you can get them in single pieces, also at very reasonable prices.

The choice of mooncakes include:

- White Lotus Paste
- Red Lotus Paste
- Hawaii Nut White Lotus Paste
- Olive Seed Red Lotus Paste
- Green Tea Paste with Melon Seed*
- Coffee Paste with Melon Seed
- Mixed Nuts Paste
- Durian Snow Skin*
- Pandan Snow Skin
- Mint Paste Snow Skin*

* Recommended Flavours

(Durian Snowskin Mooncake)

The packaging boxes are nice and elegant-looking. 

Sale of these vegetarian mooncakes are available from now until 8 September 2014 at the monastery's dining hall, between 9.30am to 3pm daily.  For enquiries about the mooncakes, please call 6849 5300.

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
88 Bright Hill Road Singapore 574117

Getting there: Take the MRT to Bishan MRT station.  Walk to Bishan Bus Interchange and transfer to bus 410W.  Alight at the monastery gate's bus-stop .

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

[Korean Museum] Be (Dis)illusioned at Alive Museum

Now you see it, now you don't!  Have you ever been disillusioned by what you think you saw?  Get imaginative and let's see how your eyes can play tricks on you (or your friends), at the Alive Museum Singapore!

Located at Suntec City, downtown of Singapore, Alive Museum Singapore is South Korea's first and original 3D illusionary museum.  This is the place where 3D art (including trick art, digital art, object art and experimental art) comes alive with clever painting, shading and drawing techniques.  Globally, Alive Museum has 15 branches spreading from South Korea to China, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey and now Singapore!

Believe it or not, all the artworks are hand-painted and hand-crafted by the museum's dedicated R&D team.  To keep up the exciting experience, 30% of the exhibits are refreshed every year!  To kick start, the following are my 10 favourite exhibits:

Number 10: Help!  Don't eat me!
Number 9: Contortionist at the Circus
Number 8: Table Tennis Match
Number 7: Mermaid under the Sea
Number 6: Push!
Number 5: Mini Me!
Number 4: Stepping into a Bottomless Pit

Number 3: Elephant Taxi

Number 2: Baby Armstrong

Number 1: Dodging a Flying Foot

With over 80 masterpieces including 9 local-themed exhibits unique to Singapore, be prepared to spend about 3 hours to comfortably experience all the exhibits.  Especially for visits during weekday evenings or weekends, some exhibits will have longer queues.  If you are going in small groups (eg. 2 persons), the friendly staff are always ready to help with photography.

If you can't get enough of the exhibits in thie 10,000 sq ft museum, you should consider making a trip to visit the largest branch at Jeju Island, which is 4 times bigger!

Alive Museum Singapore
Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 and 4)
Operation Hours: 10am to 10pm daily (Last admission at 9pm)
Ticket Price: $25 (Adults), $20 (Children between 3 to 12 years old)

Latest promotion:

Getting there: Take the MRT to Promenade Station (Circle Line or Downtown Line) Exit C.  Walk 5 minutes towards the direction of Suntec City.  Take the escalator to level 3.

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