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Set Sail with the Royal Albatross

Royal Albatross
When I feel like I need to take a little break and doing something special without the hassle of leaving the country, I love taking to the seas. Feeling the sea breeze on my face and relishing the carefreeness of the open sea never fails to rejuvenate me. This time, I went on a sunset cruise on a special luxury tall ship named the Royal Albatross, which has its fame in The Dark Knight as Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne’s private yatch.

Royal Albatross
Docked alongside the Adventure Cove Waterpark at Resorts World Sentosa, it is a sight to behold, especially when it has all its 22 sails down. The sails and rigging were designed by master rigger Jim Barry, who also designed the ships featured in Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Royal Albatross
The Royal Albatross offers a 2.5-hour Sunset Sail cruise every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They also have additional cruises on festive days such as Christmas, New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day. Of course, you can also hire the entire yatch, which has a maximum capacity of 130 people, on a private charter if you have something special to celebrate.

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Getting on board the Royal Albatross

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Guests were already excited and making selfies before the start of the cruise.

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Relaxing on the open deck while waiting to set sail

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Watching the crew getting ready to start the ship is pretty interesting. If you are brave enough, you can upgrade your cruise ticket to take the helm with the captain for 15 minutes.

Royal Albatross
You can also fulfill your dream of being sailor (or pirate!) for a day on a Mast Climb. The ship’s 22 sails are all manually operated by over 200 ropes, and you get to climb on one of them, ascending 21 metres abover the ship deck where you can get a great view of Sentosa island.

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Time to get the party started!

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Spotted Princess Anne’s note of appreciation to the owner for hosting her and her 2 local charities. If it is good enough for a princess, it is definitely good enough for me :)

Royal Albatross
The luxurious air-conditioned Grand Salon on the middle deck where guests can relax and have their dinner. Definitely a winner for a romantic night out or cosy gathering with friends.

Royal Albatross
Little bar by the side. All the wood carvings were handcrafted by the crew during their free time.

Royal Albatross
For an overnight charter, the yatch has 5 on-suite cabins which can take 10 guests.

Royal Albatross
The spacious 40 square-metres Owner’s Cabin is the largest cabin.

Royal Albatross
It comes with an oversized shower.

Royal Albatross
One of the four smaller cabins. Looks cosy enough for a good night’s rest, if you are not out on the open deck taking in the beauty of the starry night skies.

Royal Albatross
Each sunset cruise comes with a complimentary welcome drink.

Royal Albatross
We had ours on the upper deck while waiting for a glorious sunset.

Royal Albatross
The skies didn’t disappoint. And thank God for good weather.

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Going the extra mile to ensure guests get to keep the best memories. We need more people like him.

Royal Albatross
As night falls, the ship is lit by more than 60,000 LED lights, forming a warm ambience for guests to chillax on the upper deck.

Royal Albatross
Buffet-style dinner, which is included in the cruise price, is served on the restaurant-grade galley.

Royal Albatross
The menu was diverse to suit most palates.

Royal Albatross
If you are lucky, you can catch a mini fireworks display on your way back to shore, courtesy of the nearby Universal Studios Singapore.

Royal Albatross
With less than 100 working tall ships left in the world, you come to appreciate the passion and effort that went into restoring the Royal Albatross to its current glory, and sailing it more than 15,000km from North America to Singapore. It is definitely a special experience to be on this beauty, and it does not need to be a special day for one to set sail with her.

Get more details about the Royal Albatross here.

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Trompe-l’oeil fun at Trick Eye Museum Singapore

Trickeye Museum Singapore

Trick Eye Museum recently opened its first outlet outside Korea in Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa. The museum houses 80 exhibits grouped into six themed zones including the World of Masterpieces, Safari Kingdom, Stars of Circus, Dreams of Fairytale, Love in Winter, and Adventure Discovery. Popular exhibits from the Korean museums such as Angel’s Wings, Moon Over The Sky and Human Cannonball will be on display here too, and some of them such as Merlion Boat and Horse Racing were specially created for Singapore.

The museum facing the waterfront is located near to the Malaysian Street Food/Aston’s Restaurant, and is the main attraction on The Korean Strip, a mini-Korean themed 100-metre stretch slated to open in the third quarter of 2014. Insadong Korea Town will feature a Korean market-place concept offering a variety of authentic Korean F&B specialties, street food and hand-made Korean accessories and cosmetics.

Trickeye Museum Singapore

Trick Eye Museum’s Origins
Trick Eye Museum first opened in Korea’s Hongdae, Seoul in December 2010, and its popularity has seen it grow into three museums in Seoul, Jeju and Busan in a short span of three years. I guess its popularity is due to its interactive nature, allowing the visitor to interpret and express an exhibit with their own imagination. Trust me, I could spend 3 hours just sitting there, watching the visitors pose with the exhibits. It’s way more entertaining than a movie.

What is Trick Eye?
The name Trick Eye is short for ‘Trick of the eye’, referring to a visual art technique that tricks the eye by creating an optical illusion, and turns two-dimensional images into three-dimensional images that seems to ‘pop out’ and come to life. Also called Trompe l’oeil by the French, its history dates back to ancient Greece and Rome.


Trickeye Museum SingaporeOh my gawd. My eyes are playing tricks on me even before getting into the museum itself. The museum had a half-price opening promotion, hence the horrendous queue.Trickeye Museum Singapore
You must be joking. Look at the queue. It didn’t help the morning sun was happily shining in, making it really hot.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I made use of the queuing time to read the photo-taking tips at the back of my admission ticket.Trickeye Museum SingaporeAfter 3 hours of waiting, we FINALLY got into the museum. We felt a bit lost with the throngs of people, but it wasn’t long before the excitement got to us. Trickeye Museum Singapore
Am I so heavy you need to cry to pull me up? *insulted*Trickeye Museum Singapore
It’s a…big pot belly! Ancient people sure have a different perspective of art.Trickeye Museum Singapore
No pants! Ewwww!Trickeye Museum SingaporeCome on baby, kiss kiss.
Ladies, do come in pants/shorts instead of skirts/dresses since you will need to climb to get onto some of the exhibits. We definitely don’t want to see ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ along the way.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Hi there! Isn’t it a lovely day? :)Trickeye Museum Singapore
Can we share a brolly, Sir?Trickeye Museum SingaporePssst, I have a secret to tell you…Trickeye Museum SingaporeBeing part of a painting was funTrickeye Museum SingaporePeekaboo!
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I dun want smelly tea!Trickeye Museum Singapore
It’s magic!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Some exhibits needed two people to participateTrickeye Museum Singapore
Now I know what it means to be on the chopping board.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Through optical illusion, I can become a giant in a room!Trickeye Museum SingaporeStepping into Safari KingdomTrickeye Museum Singapore
Quick get me outta here!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Being the proud elephant trainerTrickeye Museum SingaporeWeee…I am diving into the sea!Trickeye Museum Singapore
This is how the exhibits looks like, so you need some imagination to strike your pose and the rotate your photo 90 degrees to see the effect.Trickeye Museum Singapore
No I didn’t become Spiderman, this photo was merely rotated 180 degreesTrickeye Museum SingaporeTaking picture is big business. You need 3 people to pose, and another 3 people to take the shot.Trickeye Museum SingaporeGetting out of the fish’s mouth
I’m too full of cholesterol, it’s for your own good to spit me out!Trickeye Museum SingaporeThe museum is quite a fun place to go with a group of friends. You can really bond over silly photos, and get to keep good memories of your outing.Trickeye Museum SingaporeI found a friend, hi there!Trickeye Museum SingaporeMaking it to the Stars of Circus section
One thing I didn’t like about the place is that the exhibits were a bit too closely spaced together, and recommended photo-taking spots tend to overlap. So every step you take, you may get into the photo of another.
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I’m an acrobat!
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It has to be a 10/10!Trickeye Museum Singapore
People sleep-walk, I simply float.Trickeye Museum SingaporeBalancing act.Trickeye Museum SingaporeActually, you are suppoused to grab the pole and pretend to be hanging over the hot lava. Due to my ‘height disadvantage’, I chose to stand by the side instead.Trickeye Museum SingaporeSome of the visitors were quite fun to watch, heh.Trickeye Museum SingaporeBeing a baby again.
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Trying to act cute. I didn’t need to try too hard lol.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I wonder what it feels like to be sitting on the moon, viewing Earth below. It must be a wonderful feeling.  Trickeye Museum Singapore
Quick kiss me, I may turn into a beautiful Princess!Trickeye Museum SingaporeAngel on Wings.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I’m not sure who this Korean dude is, but it was sure hard trying to get into his embrace. The aunty before me knocked her head while trying to get into the tight space.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Oops, wrong direction :pTrickeye Museum Singapore
Riding on a sleighTrickeye Museum SingaporeWhat a sweet moment :)
Little tip: Do bring a wide-angle lens if you have one as some of the exhibits are rather huge. Otherwise, your smartphone’s Panorama function would come in useful too.Trickeye Museum Singapore
Dun let goooo!Trickeye Museum SingaporeHugging my swanTrickeye Museum SingaporeThis horse-racing exhibit was specially created with Singapore in mind. Hmmm, I wasn’t aware we were that avid gamblers to be remembered by.Trickeye Museum Singapore
I’ve always wanted to ride a Merlion!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Being a ballerinaTrickeye Museum Singapore
I think I am a natural talent lol.Trickeye Museum Singapore
They say art looks better when viewed upside-down!Trickeye Museum Singapore
Enjoying a moment with the fishes before saying goodbye
We spent about 3 hours in the museum. That’s assuming you wanted to take a photo at almost every exhibit and queuing for your turn. On the whole, we had an enjoyable time at the museum. I guess crowd management will get better after the opening craze dies down. The museum is a nice place to spend the day with friends and family as part of an outing at Sentosa. I will be back to check out The Korean Strip when it opens later in 2014.

Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Address: Waterfront @ Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795 2370 / 2371
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Website: http://trickeye.com/singapore/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrickEyeSingapore
Email: Trickeye_sg@trickeye.com
Admission Prices: Adult $25; Child (4-12) & Senior (> 60) $20
Tickets can be bought online http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/trickeye2014 or on-site
Entry fee to Sentosa applies. $1 via Sentosa Boardwalk (very near the museum; free during weekends & PHs); $4 via Sentosa Express rail; Gantry fee of $2-7 depending on time via car/taxi; $29 via Cable Car.
http://www.sentosa.com.sg/en/getting-to-around-sentosa/getting-to-sentosa/

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Source: Trickeye Museum website


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Marine Life Park – Giant Grouper vs. Little Girl

Marine Life Park, RWS Sentosa

“Shoot some more, I’ll eat you up”
Brought my new DSLR to Marine Life Park for some practice photography. It’s really tough shooting under such super low lighting, super fast fishes, super lotsa people, and super dummy photographer. Almost died trying to take photos, fumbling with every dial and button I could. I managed some decent shots, but lots more to improve on. Will process them once I have some time…can’t wait to share them with you!

My friend shot with an iphone, and she was done with her visit when I just covered merely 1/4 of the attraction. So embarrassing! She went to eat a plate of char kway tiao while I toiled away. Never sweated so much in an air-condition place! I have new-found respect for photographers. Looking on the bright side – I got maximum value out of my admission ticket! LOL :D


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I am dreaming of a beach holiday…

I am dreaming of a beach holiday

The voyager-in-me is craving for a globe-trotting adventure again…

It’s been a tough week (and only Wed, grumble grumble) and I am so ready to take a break…I am craving for a beach holiday, complete with a gorgeous sun to bronze (not toast!) my skin, lazing on deck chairs by the sea (and hopefully not snoring), oogling at hot bods and even hotter babes, and just taking it easy…

Holidays used to be packed with shopping for me, but I think I have over-shopped (oopsie), and I now derive more pleasure from nature/cultural exploration with my camera or simply relaxing by the beach, taking pleasure in where I am in life rather than acquiring more temporal material items (err cos’ I have lesser & lesser space to store them, hee). I come back more inspired and creative as well!

Gorgeous seaside

Popped over to Tanjong Beach Club over the weekend for a quick fix

After being pampered spoilt at Gaya Island, I now have VERY HIGH standards for my beach holiday lol. The companion was pretty awesome as well; it was one of the best getaways I had – and shopping-free, heh. I hope something will come along soon, time to research on the dream holiday! Are there any great places that you have been to? I wanna know! :) xoxo


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Once upon a time…at a beach with peace, love & ice cream

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Look of the Day
Top: Bossini x Smurfs
Blue Bottom: BYSI
Emerald Fedora Hat: H&M
Chain mail Body Harness: Fannie Schiavoni

Once upon a time, there lived an adorable blue creature named Smurfat who lived in Smurf Village. One day, she was craving for ice cream and heard that there was a fair called Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest by a beach called Siloso at Sentosa where there would be lots and lots of ice cream. So off she went in search of dessert…

To protect herself on the journey, she wore a metal body harness and brought along Hoot her wise owl and a dog. As she could be quite forgetful, she sewed her key into a leather pouch and wore it around her neck.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Owl Necklace: From chum (muak)
Acrylic Dog Necklace: From MAAD arts market
Leather Key Bound Necklace: House of Chapel

She was greeted by the sun, golden sand, singing and coconut trees when she arrived at the fair…and wasted no time in getting acquainted with the place and the earthlings there.

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Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest 2012

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Always great to have a map in hand…which area to find cute male earthlings?

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat got some FairCoins

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Armed with her FairCoins, she skipped & hopped to explore the fair

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Ooh,the earthlings have blue houses like Smurfat’s mushroom house too!

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat found a curious-looking cow which walked on twos

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Seems that the cows gravitate towards pretty creatures…like Smurfat :)

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

There were games to be played at the fair…Smurfat always loves adventures

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

She saw male earthlings with really droopy boobs going at each other…the sight was so disturbing even the referee had a headache

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

And earthlings with big paws playing ball

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

As well as earthlings who hopped rather than walked with two legs. How very strange creatures.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Udderly stuffed, udderrerly stufmpted, urrdery stuffud…

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Guess the number of sugar cones and win. Smurfat just wanted to eat the cones.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat was happy to see that the fair supported good causes such as Project Happy Feet to raise funds for the education of underprivileged children in Singapore and Cambodia..

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And then she saw a tiny yellow earthling engrossed with his own hands…

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And a cute purple little flower fairy

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

After all the adventures, Smurfat got hungry and was ready to feast on ice cream. There were 20 flavours to choose from, with 15 of the flavours specially flown in for ChunkFest 2012…Mmmm, Smurfat’s spoilt for choice!

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

She settled on a Late Night Snack as it sounded as strange as it could get.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Sundae bowl with Late Night Snack and Ben & Jerry’s latest flavour in Singapore Maple Tree Hugger

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat was still hungry and went in search for a hot dog. No, not the male earthling…she wanted real food.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

A hearty hotdog topped with caramelized onions

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Gobble by the Sea

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

She spotted earthlings taking part in a ‘Vermonster’ eating challenge – the fastest to devour 20 scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream wins. 20 scoops?!

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Spoons and personal image were forgotten – they dug into the ice cream with their bare hands and stuffed in into their mouths. Smurfat lost her craving for ice cream.

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Ben & Jerry’ launched their latest flavour by asking people to take photos with their Maple Tree Mascot. Smurfat thinks the young earthling on the left got it wrong – that’s your mum, not a tree!

Ben & Jerry's Chunkfest 2012

Smurfat was happy hugging a coconut tree herself. After a day of adventure, Smurfat went home happy, back to Smurf Village and resumed her diet of mushrooms and no-carb food with Pussy Smurf.
~THE END~
:)