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Chingay 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Last year was my first Chingay; a giant Streetparade, a bit like the Carnival de Rio de Janeiro. We bought tickets and it was a fantastic experience.

This year we decided not to buy tickets, but go to the festivalarea some hours before the show would start, hoping to catch some of the 8.000 (!) participants in their costumes.

We got more then we expected: we had three hours of photo-ops up-close-and-personal!!!
Wow, or as they say here: Whao....!

It was great; so many people dressed up so gorgeous, funny, colorfull. The make-up, hairdo's, jewelry, costumes, glitter....
Also the Floats (what we call 'praalwagens' in Dutch) were impressive.

Share this experience it with me by going through the following pics. 

Some were already posted on my FB, a few in a mail, but many of them I did not publish yet.

Hundreds of cheerleaders are present to make the more then 100.000 spectators go crazy and participate in clapping, cheering, singing, etc

Piedra Negra

Friday, February 18, 2011

Walking through Haji Lane, Arab Street, etc. I came across a Mexican restaurant, named Piedra Negra. Black stone.

I had not seen it be4 and it turned out to be new and exploited by the same owners from the BluJaz-cafe around the corner. (Also a very nice place, by the way...)

Anyway, I fell right there and then totally in love with Piedra Negra!

The interior decoration has been done by a bunch of artists,  lead by an Australian named Jay.

No, unfortunately I do not know his full name nor do I have a link to him or any of the artists involved:-(. If I find out more, I will report it on this blog.

The elements presented seem to come from both Mexico as Spain: day-of-the dead-masks next to a Flamenco-dancer and a Toreador.

I just adore the eclectic approach: there are so many different techniques and materials used:

mosaics, paintings, 2D flawlessly shifting to 3D, metalwork, beads, lanterns, fabric, wiregauze, tiles, name it.

Mixed, integrated, no boundaries, big imagination... just the way I like it and do myself, when I create stuff.

Look@the pics below and DO go and check it out for urselves!

Btw: it's a nice place for food and drinks too;-) and no, I am not a shareholder...hahaha!

See the chandelier hanging outside under the porchroof? 

Looking in. This is the righthand part of the restaurant. Most of the other pics I took were taken inside the lefthand part of the place. (It has two different rooms.)

Already the namesign is gorgeous and eclectic: metal/ironwork, pebbles-mosaic and the horns of the bull are transparent due to the gauze that's used.

Inside we find another bull, ;painted on the wall (2D) with next to it a Toreador, in both 2D as in 3D.

Love it!


A Flamencodancer (2D and 3D), surrounded by painted Day-of-the-Dead-masks. Or is she a participant of a Carnival???

Nice lamp too.

The bar/counter is decorated with the most special and gorgeous mosaics. Not only porcelain is used, but also beads, wiregauze, sort of clay-sculpting and paint.

What a fantastic idea to use wiregauze to make to skin of the long snake (Serpiente) really look like snakeskin!!!!

So the counter  is mosaiced at the bottom, but also the part above the counter is done. Take notice of the funny monkey hanging upside-down.
(And for those of you that know my house and the mosaics I made in my garden: see the porcelain-broken-plate that is used on the right side? I did exactly the same thing, remember?)

I never used beads so far in my own mosaics; great idea. Beautiful effect.

Caballo; horse.
Flabbergasted, what can I say more;-)......

Another bull; gorgeous!

Beads, beads, beads

Above the bar, the centerpiece is formed by a large metal eagle. Maybe a condor?
Here too you see the fluent way 2D and 3D are mixed; one leg is 2D, the other one 3D.
Great expression in the face too.

The wings are decorated with a band of beads, like in the chandelier that we will see later on.



What a chandelier!!!! Would love to have that in my house.
Seems to be constructed from Arabic lanterns, combined with metal, beads and glitterfabric.

Another chandelier, outside. Also gorgeous.

We had dinner here on Valentine's day;-)

Congrats, Piedra Negra, with such a beautiful restaurant and to all the artist: tx so much, my admiration is big!

Crane Dance at Sentosa, Singapore

Thursday, February 17, 2011

There is a show@Sentosa. It is called "cranedance". 

Good name, since it involves two (construction-)cranes, acting as giant cranebirds.

It is a short (only 10 minutes) multimediashow: the two cranes, big screens as their bodies with projections on them, water'fountains' as giant wings, light and music.

But surprisingly well done; to make two metal cranes really look like dancing, loving, mating birds....bravo!

Very poetic.

They wake up.

The Pinnacle@Duxton

Walking around Tanjongg Pagar, when going dancing@Studio UP or eating crepes@Keen on Crepes, I often noticed this huge complex of towers next to the low shophousebuildings.

One time I decided to google it and check it out.

It turned out to be the Pinnacle Building, a so called HDB (public housing)project, that was only finished in 2009.

Here is some info about the building: 

(or skip the follwing text and go straight to the pictures that Frits and I took while visiting the Skybridge@the 50th!!!!! floor.)

The Pinnacle@Duxton is an iconic housing project in Singapore's public housing history, with many unique features that set it apart from other HDB housing projects. 

Located at the site where the first two HDB blocks in that area were built, it is the first 50-storey public housing project in Singapore, housing 1,848 apartments in 7 towering blocks.

Born out of the first international design competition for public housing, it is also the first in the world with 2 unique skybridges linking the 7 blocks at the 26th and 50th storey. The skybridges create possibly the longest continuous skygardens in the world, offering panoramic views of the city skyline.

There are 2 skybridges at The Pinnacle@Duxton at the 26th and 50th storeys.

26th Storey Skybridge 

The 26th storey skybridge is reserved for residents' use, as it serves as a refuge floor*. Facilities on the 26th storey skybridge include a RC centre, jogging track, senior citizen fitness corner, outdoor gym, children playground, community plaza, fitness corner and 2 view decks. 


* The 26th storey skybridge (refuge floor) serves to evacuate residents during a fire emergency. As the skybridge links all 7 blocks, residents from an affected block may evacuate through the skybridge (refuge floor) to the unaffected blocks. SCDF fire-fighters can mount search, rescue and fire-fighting operations from this refuge floor, which is open and naturally ventilated, for efficient smoke dispersal.

Chinese New Year 2011

2011;  year of the rabbit.

What does that mean?

Well, for starters: lots of rabbits everywhere;-)

Rabbits everywhere.....

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