fantasia by escriba, the real look

I gave you guys a peek a couple days ago at fantasia – or what was described as more than charlie’s chocolate factory – and kept it cursory on purpose.

I didn’t want to spoil it for you if you were going – or create too much pre-judgment – but I think enough time has passed, to tell you the truth: it totally wasn’t worth it.

this photo looks almost accusatory.

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fantasia by escriba, a first look

if you’re heading to the festival this weekend, the best must-do item: chocolate shaped and colored like parma, shaved like parma, drizzled with olive oil and speckled with sea salt on melba toast (like parma).

delicious, and rather revelatory. very photographable, too.

have a good weekend!


p.s. giveaways going on!

oktoberfest asia 2013 (singapore), keppel bay

I am bearer of late food news – but I thought it was worth sharing how much fun we had last wednesday at singapore’s first proper oktoberfest. held within a thankfully-air-conditioned canopy at the posh marina at keppel bay (yacht-park of our high-flyers and big-spenders), it was a noisy, yuppie-filled, modern take on oktoberfest – lots of german beers on tap and a couple of classic dishes.

… and a bit of standing on the benches with glasses in the air.

how did you spend your oktoberfest?

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chinese new year flowers, part 2

view part 1 here!

I know, I know, this isn’t a flower blog – but will you forgive me for the flowers I’m bringing you? regular programming coming right after this!

and if you want a head’s up to start your very own chinese new year tradition of potted plants, then you can’t go far wrong with a pineapple, which phonetically sounds very much like the chinese term for fortune coming your way. that red-and-purple-tinged variety in the second photo up there probably isn’t of the eating variety, but is gorgeous as a festive ornament.

singapore night festival, take 2

so as promised, here are the photos from my second weekend at the night festival. this one was a lot more enjoyable as we got to catch a few more special performances. we arrived first at armenian street just before the first performance (that we wanted to catch) started, and were greeted by an immensely noisy rock band. really not the sort of music I appreciate, and it was very difficult to even understand what they were saying. the thing about rock bands is that they always think they have something to say, but really if they don’t enunciate properly or say it in a clearly audible tone, then it definitely isn’t going to work out.

the first show we caught was la argentina featuring the analog girl, and it was essentially a very healthy-looking girl in a floaty chiffon dress being swung around on a rotating crane. this was really rather awesome and quite honestly one of the only abstract art performances I think I have ever appreciated. it started with thumping music – that we later found out came from a very enthusiastic band following from behind, so kudos to them – and initially struck the performance off as some sort of inane dance performed on an elevated stage. it quickly got going though, with the crane traveling down the entire (blocked-off) armenian street, and simultaneously rotating through the efforts of people balancing and holding on to the other side of the crane closer to the ground. and when I said rotated, I mean the crane was swinging around in a manic circle at incredible speed and the lady was mimicking the movements of running in air. the music was good, she knew how to get people excited, and it was a good start to the festival this second weekend.

we later swung by the main green near the singapore management university to watch a group of people jumping about on a transparent sheet of plastic loaded with water and hoisted on some sort of stage equipment. very scary when they started bouncing and jumping and slamming themselves in the water and on the plastic (which seemed too thin to hold that sort of impact), but it was rather cool to see them sloshing about on the surface. this performance was called mylar, and was very sort of surreal. quite cool though, and I think that was what they were going for.

it was a huge crush that day so while I have a few hundred photos from being a little too enthusiastic with my continuous-shot function, I’m only posting these few. when I eventually figure out how to create a gif using photoshop I’ll show you a little of the performances. I do notice a trend – that the performances picked for the festival are rough – in that they are seemingly spontaneously, and quite shocking-surreal. not necessarily a bad thing, since not much of the population gets in on the arty stuff and this knocks things out of the mainstream.

this second weekend was a much better experience than the first, and I have to say it gives hope for the next year’s.