Eat Vegetarian Everywhere (14) 素食满天下(十四)

Venue 地点: nomVnom – Tai Seng Outlet, 18 Tai Seng Street #B1-02, Singapore 539775.

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Vegan. 纯素。

Time 时间: a Saturday lunch, 一个星期六的午餐

Comfortable? 舒适吗?: yes / no comment / no 舒适 / 没感觉 / 不舒适

The sofa seats are complete with plushy cushion, just like eating at home! 沙发座位上有绒毛玩具背垫,就好象在家用餐一样!

Service 服务: good / Ok / no good / 还可以 / 不好

The lady crew who took my order and the uncle (the chef actually) behind the kitchen counter were friendly but not overwhelming, you know, sometimes some people just give you a kind of tranquil comfort, not fussing over you. On top of that, the uncle’s beautiful masterpiece – Bonsai, i cannot appreciate it more.

帮我点餐的服务员和厨房里的大叔厨师都很友善,但不夸张、不过火。我的意思是,有时候,有些人自然地就会给你一种平易近人的感觉。除此之外,大叔的杰作——盆栽汉堡实在太美了,令人更加开胃(又有点不舍得吃,很纠结)。

Bonsai 盆栽汉堡

Pure coconut water (no sugar added) 椰子水(不加糖)

Organic Rainbow Salad 有机彩虹沙拉

1 burger + 1 side + 1 drink, save $2.00. 一个汉堡 + 一个小吃 + 一杯饮料,节省2元

Egg?!? Nope, it’s pineapple and white sauce. 鸡蛋?!?非也,是黄梨(菠萝/凤梨)和白色酱料

The orchid is edible too! 胡姬花是可以吃的!

Bonsai “burger”, SGD11.90. 盆栽汉堡,11.90新元。Pure coconut water, SGD3.90. 椰子水,3.90新元。Organic rainbow salad SGD5.90. 有机彩虹沙拉,5.90新元。

Tasty? 好吃吗?yes / so-so / no 好吃 / 一般 / 不好吃

Too tasty, but not too tasty to be true, it’s still down-to-earth. Two other diners sitting nearby kept saying “very nice!” / “delicious!” no less than 10 times…! They ordered a burger and a pasta to share.

好吃到爆表,但又不像是那种“不老实”的美食。有两位顾客说了“好吃!”不下十次。他们点了一个汉堡和一份意大利面。

Price 价格: good / Ok / not worth it 好价钱 / 还可以 / 不值得

But I hope the pricing won’t go up for quite some time to come. 不过我希望这段时间内都别起价。

Singapore’s Pride Season is on this month! IndigNation 2017: Unafraid to Assemble

For the whole month of August, yes, this month(!), we will be able to engage ourselves in the line-ups of programmes and events at IndigNation Singapore! The opening party will start at 7pm tonight (4th August) at DYMK (41 Neil Road, Singapore 088824), followed by two days of talks, panel discussions, and workshops over the weekend with Natural Education 2: A Queer Conference.

Bookworms may want to check out The Bear Project x Queer Book Club: Faeries, Bears, & Leathermen, and ContraDiction XIII: HOMO BOMOH. The culturally-inclined can take a look at Sayang/Chellame: A Multilingual Queer Love Poetry Event, and TransIt 2: An Evening of Trans Art and Culture, both to be held at Artistry (17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149).

The third weekend of the month will feature IndigNation Film Festival, and not to forget The Glory Hoes Present: Pride (2014) – “a very queer film experience with optional pre-movie dinner, encouraged in-movie drinking and dancing at an all disco Afterparty”, both at The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower.

Do set aside some time during the same weekend for QRIENTATION, presented by Inter-University LGBT Network. Here’s a message from them – “We respect the right to privacy of all LGBTQ+ freshmen joining us so if you’re not out, not to worry – your attendance will be kept confidential 🙂 Sign up today!”

Last but not least, on the 28th of the month, drag queens Ashley Fifty, Becca D’Bus, and Mona Kee Kee will create a fabulous spread for a fundraising dinner in aid of IndigNation – The Giving Table. Pleeeeeese support!

Most of the programmes and events are free, a couple of them require registration.

I love it that this is not a one-way traffic, as in attendees are not merely at the receiving end of information and entertainment. Far from that, they are encouraged to actively participate by voicing up, asking questions, sharing, dancing, working together to develop new ideas, and helping to inculcate thoughtfulness in everyone.

See the full list and details of IndigNation here, and Natural Education 2 here.

Here are my personal picks: 

1.) TransIt 2: An Evening of Trans Art and Culture

2.) Inter Alia presents: Conversations on Activism

Natural Education 2:

3.) Ten Years After the Campaign to Repeal 377A

4.) Facts and Myths about PrEP

5.) Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex Work But Were Afraid to Ask

6.) Shades of Purple: Bisexual & Pansexual Experiences in Singapore

7.) Bisu: A Talk on the LGBT Malay Community

IndigNation Film Festival:

8.) Short Circuit 6

9.) Fathers

Eat Vegetarian Everywhere (11) 素食满天下(十一)

Venue 地点: The Wellness Farm, No 1, Jalan Impian Emas 5/1, Taman Impian Emas, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia.

富足园,马来西亚柔佛州士古来邮区81300,金山园Taman Impian Emas,No 1 Jalan Impian Emas 5/1。

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Comfortable? 舒适吗?: yes / no comment / no 舒适 / 没感觉 / 不舒适

Service 服务: good / Ok / no good / 还可以 / 不好

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Tasty? 好吃吗?yes / so-so / no 好吃 / 一般 / 不好吃

Price 价格: good / Ok / not worth it 好价钱 / 还可以 / 不值得

Prices start from RM6.30. 价格从6.30令吉起。They are vegan, and they have vegan ice cream! 纯素餐馆,甚至有美味的纯素雪糕呢!

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Eat Vegetarian Everywhere (9) 素食满天下(九)

Venue 地点: BROWNICE ITALIAN VEGAN ICE CREAM CAFE, 8 Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming Centre #01-03, Singapore 575628

Brownice意大利纯素雪糕店,新民路8号,新民中心 #01-03,新加坡邮区575628

Time 时间: a Friday evening, 一个星期五的晚上

Comfortable? 舒适吗?: yes / no comment / no 舒适 / 没感觉 / 不舒适

Service 服务: good / Ok / no good / 还可以 / 不好

Brownie with Earl Grey (bottom) and Gula Melaka ice cream 布朗尼配伯爵茶口味(下面)和椰糖口味雪糕

Brownie with Earl Grey (bottom) and Gula Melaka ice cream 布朗尼配伯爵茶口味(下面)和椰糖口味雪糕

Brownie with Earl Grey and Gula Melaka ice cream, SGD13. Vegan: egg-less and dairy-free. 布朗尼配伯爵茶口味和椰糖口味的雪糕,13新元。纯素:无蛋、无乳制品。

Tasty? 好吃吗?yes / so-so / no 好吃 / 一般 / 不好吃

Price 价格: good / Ok / not worth it 好价钱 / 还可以 / 不值得 The more people support vegan ice cream and cakes, the cheaper they may become. 越多人支持纯素雪糕和蛋糕,这些食品越普遍,价格就越大众化。

Post-Museum re-configured The Substation, 2016 September

“For the month of September, Post-Museum presents Survey: Space, Sharing, Haunting, a series of programmes examining and reflecting upon the state of arts and culture in Singapore.

One of the significant changes is altering the way audiences enter into the historic ‘Home of the Arts’ for the month. The main door will be closed, and audiences will enter and exit from another opening in the building.” – Post-Museum News

Woon Tien Wei, founder of Post-Museum, comments, “today, we are in a crisis situation where the very ideals on which The Sub was founded are being interrogated and even subjugated in the ‘Renaissancing’ of Singapore’s cultural landscape. SURVEY asks: How have the values of Singapore’s arts community changed in the last 20 years? What are the values of the arts community today?” – Singapore Art & Gallery Guide

Image source: Post-Museum's Facebook page

Image source: Post-Museum’s Facebook page

The Survey exhibition forms the backbone of the programme. Almost all of the activities are free entry, with prior registration required.

My picks: Community Gardening and Food Futures by Michelle Lai | Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 7:30-9pm | register hereThe Pragmatics of Nostalgia: Alternative Narratives in Contemporary Art Production of Singapore by Jarrod Sim | Saturday, 24th September 2016, 2-3:30pm | register here; Club Yoga | details and registration hereLecture: Pontianak and Her Sisters by Adeline Kueh | Sunday, 25th September 2016, 7:30-9pm | register here.

There will also be several spaces created, such as So It May Seed (an urban farm growing food crops), Post-Provision (a shop selling merchandise), and Club House (multi-purpose social space).

For an assortment of “uncategorisable” events, click here. Post-Museum has it all! I know, they won’t agree with me and ‘has it all’ is not what they have in mind.

My picks: Ghost Story Campfire Night by Wong Chee Meng and Zarina Mohd | Saturday, 10th September 2016, 10pm till late | register hereDocuLovers: The True Cost (2015) | Saturday, 17th September 2016, 8-10pm | register here.

Survey will be opened daily (except Monday and public holiday), 1st to 30th September 2016 | noon to 9pm (Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday) | noon to 12am (Friday & Saturday).

Venue: The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Post-Museum is on Facebook, Twitter.

Eat Vegetarian Everywhere (6) 素食满天下(六)

Venue 地点: Joie by DOZO, 181 Orchard Road, #12-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896.

Joie by DOZO,乌节路181号,乌节中央城#12-01,新加坡邮区238896。

They say they serve meatless cuisine, I pass them off as vegetarian anyway. 他们自称为无肉餐馆,对我而言也算是素食馆了。

Time 时间: a Saturday lunch, 一个星期六的午餐

Comfortable? 舒适吗?: yes / no comment / no 舒适 / 没感觉 / 不舒适

Service 服务: good / Ok / no good / 还可以 / 不好

6-course set lunch, SGD38.80++. 六道餐饮的套餐,38.80++新元。

Tasty? 好吃吗?yes / so-so / no 好吃 / 一般 / 不好吃

Price 价格: good / Ok / not worth it 好价钱 / 还可以 / 不值得

Chef’s Selection of Assorted Platter. 主厨精选拼盘

Chef’s Selection of Assorted Platter. 主厨精选拼盘

Side dish: Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella. 小菜:双孢蘑菇焗乳酪配马铃薯泥和法式面包

Side dish: Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella. 小菜:双孢蘑菇焗乳酪配马铃薯泥和法式面包

Side dish. 小菜

Side dish. 小菜

Side dish. 小菜

Side dish. 小菜

Soup, clockwise from top left: Clear Tomato Broth with Garbanzo, hand-carved tofu in "seafood" soup, Pumpkin Velouté. 汤,左上图起,顺时钟:菠菜饺子番茄汤、“千刀豆腐海鲜汤“、南瓜汤配花瓣儿

Soup, clockwise from top left: Clear Tomato Broth with Garbanzo, hand-carved tofu in “seafood” soup, Pumpkin Velouté. 汤,左上图起,顺时钟:菠菜饺子番茄汤、“千刀豆腐海鲜汤“、南瓜汤配花瓣儿

Main: Duo Ravioli Platter. 主菜:南瓜和菠菜意大利馄饨配花酱和罗勒酱

Main: Duo Ravioli Platter. 主菜:南瓜和菠菜意大利馄饨配花酱和罗勒酱

Main. 主菜

Main. 主菜

Main: Wild Rice with Eggplant Terrine. 主菜:”野米炒饭“(类似糙米)配法式茄子酱糜

Main: Wild Rice with Eggplant Terrine. 主菜:”野米炒饭“(类似糙米)配法式茄子酱糜

One of the desserts: Yogurt Pudding. 甜品之一:优格布丁

One of the desserts: Yogurt Pudding. 甜品之一:优格布丁

Drink: Ice Mallow Apple Melody. 饮料:花瓣、苹果和番石榴冷饮

Drink: Ice Mallow Apple Melody. 饮料:花瓣、苹果和番石榴冷饮

 

Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是該安靜地走開 by Boedi Widjaja, drawn negatives of photographs that can be viewed as positive images

I was initially attracted to the exhibition by the interesting techniques used by the artist, Boedi Widjaja. Upon understanding his use of the project to tell his personal life experiences (or the experiences that he had missed?), and perhaps also to seek solace and meaning through the process of making the works, I began to feel the emotional and humane side of the exhibition.

“The process started with the artist drawing negative images of press photographs of Indonesian politics in pre-Soeharto (1945-1968) and post-Soeharto (1998-present) periods. The drawings are then photographed into positive prints.

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Shifting between the modality of drawing and photography, the artist reflects viscerally upon the imagery of his personal history, seeking agency.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to use their mobile devices, with invert colour setting switched on, to view the positive images of the drawings.” – exhibition introduction, Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是該安靜地走開

Switch on the invert colour or negative colours setting on your phone and use your phone camera to view the positive image (i.e. the "normal" photo that we usually see) of this negative. Know who is this in the image?

Switch on the invert colour or negative colours setting on your phone and use your phone camera to view the positive image (i.e. the “normal” photo that we usually see) of this negative. Know who is this in the image?

Widjaja was born in 1975 in Solo City, Indonesia. With his sister, he was sent away to Singapore when he was nine years old due to ethnic tensions in his homeland. Hence, his historicisation of his “former country” was mostly through images and the imagined.

What is interesting is that, the artist started drawing negatives skipping the Soeharto period, with which the first nine years of his life (1975-1984) spent in Indonesia coincided. Is it because he has more vivid memories of that period (albeit being a child) as he was physically there to experience it, so there is no need to rely on too many press images and too much imagination?

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Are drawing the negatives of photographs (‘reverse mode’), and switching between photographic negatives and the positive images (i.e. developed into photographs that we are used to seeing) some kind of yearning that, one can return to a previous condition in a previous setting/place?

I feel a lot of mixed feelings and intertwined emotions in there. I am sharing below photos of the wall texts at the exhibition, please do read all of them so as to piece the exhibition together.

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Maybe your heart will wrench a little, especially if you particularly relate to Widjaja’s narratives. It may not be about the politics or the identity from a homeland, but about certain things that happened during childhood and how these things still take up a lot of space in our heart and mind through adulthood.

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Upon almost to the extent of examining another component of the exhibition – an installation made up of 28 peci (a type of men’s headgear that’s more commonly known as songkok in Singapore) modified into 28 pinhole cameras, I noticed what seemed to be brand labels were sewn on the inside of each peci, and the “brand name” was TANAH AIR, which also means ‘homeland’ in Bahasa Indonesia! I just cannot help wondering whether this was a poignant coincidence or somewhat intended.

An installation made up of 28 peci (a type of men's headgear that's more commonly known as songkok in Singapore) modified into 28 pinhole cameras

An installation made up of 28 peci (a type of men’s headgear that’s more commonly known as songkok in Singapore) modified into 28 pinhole cameras

Labels bearing the words TANAH AIR on the inside of each peci

Labels bearing the words TANAH AIR on the inside of each peci

And then there is the inclusion of a phrase in Chinese language in the title written in traditional Chinese characters. The phrase, which asks ‘should I walk away quietly?’, is also a song title of a ballad sung by Hong Kong pop star Aaron Kwok and released in 1991. If I were to place the profession of love and the dilemma crooned on one’s homeland, I think I can understand how it feels like.

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The exhibition, which was held at Objectifs from 13th to 24th January 2016, was part of Singapore Art Week 2016.

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Mon Boulet by Svay Sareth

A performance art by Cambodian artist Svay Sareth, documented by video recording, and together with the relics, was exhibited at Singapore Art Museum as part of the After Utopia exhibition between May and October 2015.

Sareth walked approximately 250 kilometres from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia and the site of harrowing purges during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. A crucial element of the performance is he lugging an 80-kilogramme metal sphere throughout the journey.

The metal ball scraping against the ground that he would pass was akin to spooning or coining (刮痧), a traditional remedy used in many parts of Asia to purge toxins from one’s body and re-balance the chi (气), especially when one is about to fall sick, by scraping a porcelain spoon against one’s nape or back. Through this act of scraping, the artist might have hoped to symbolically “purge toxins” and “bad chi” from his childhood years, when he spent the first 19 years of his life in a refugee camp.

Bringing just a tarpaulin with him, he would rest on it whenever he needed to and had the chance to. Without preparing any food to be carried along, he would eat whatever food he received from people along the way. Ironically, or purposefully, both sleeping on a tarpaulin and relying on hand-outs for sustenance produced stark resemblance to life in a refugee camp. Was this some sort of approach to liberate one from emotional and mental burden by facing the burden one more time? So as to obtain personal utopia of the mind?

Find out more about Mon Boulet by Svay Sareth here (scroll down to page 28) and here.

Mon Boulet
2011
Single-channel video installation with metal sphere
Dimensions variable
Singapore Art Museum collection

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A curious audience. Still shot from the video

A curious audience. Still shot from the video

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Manoeuvring 80 kilogrammes of metal, and roundish in shape, is no easy feat. Still shot from the video

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See the tarpaulin? (Still shot from the video)

See the tarpaulin? (Still shot from the video)

You can't miss it. (Still shot from the video)

You can’t miss it. (Still shot from the video)

Can you figure out what's written on the giant orb by people whom the artist met? (Still shot from the video)

Can you figure out what’s written on the giant orb by people whom the artist met? (Still shot from the video)

Writings are almost totally wiped off before it becomes a relic of the performance art

Writings are almost totally wiped off before it becomes a relic of the performance art

Evidence of roughing it out on the bumpy journey

Evidence of roughing it out on the bumpy journey

Video documentation with the relics keeping close

Video documentation with the relics keeping close

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Another relic, the tarpaulin, quietly resting in the shadow

Another relic, the tarpaulin, quietly resting in the shadow

Amongst other "heavy metal". Still shot from the video

Amongst other “heavy metal”. Still shot from the video

Whatever you have set out to attain (or achieve) , or nothing at all, I wish you all the best, Sareth. (Still shot from the video)

Whatever you have set out to attain (or achieve) , or nothing at all, I wish you all the best, Sareth. (Still shot from the video)