Yip Yew Chong LocoMole Heritage Mural Trail

 

Yip Yew Chong is no stranger to the Singapore street art scene. As a self-taught artist, Yew Chong has painted countless heritage murals depicting Singapore’s culture and heritage.

Many of his street art features vanishing trades from ma jies, to traders, puppet sellers to his most recent mural, Cantonese opera singers. We were privileged to hear the inspirations behind a few of his murals from Yip Yew Chong on the Heritage Mural Trail with LocoMole.

 

LocoMole Yip Yew Chong Street Art Trail in Chinatown

LocoMole is an experiential discovery mobile app with over 75 interactive self-guided trails around Singapore. This app allows users to immerse in Singapore’s heritage using storytelling, interactive games and augmented reality.

The latest self-guided heritage trail was done in collaboration with Yip Yew Chong, showcasing his murals in Chinatown, Tiong Bahru and Everton Road. These were the murals we visited around Chinatown accompanied by the artist himself!

Yip Yew Chong LocoMole Heritage Mural Trail

Chinatown Heritage Mural Trail

1.”Mid-Autumn Festival 庆中秋”  

Mural location:  No. 83 Pagoda Street back alley, behind Lucky Chinatown

Created in September 2018

Mooncakes and lanterns are the main highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival. I’m sure the animal shaped lanterns made of colourful cellophane paper bring back lots of childhood memories.

Yew Chong let us in on a mistake that he overlooked while painting this mural.

Can you spot it? The clue is found on the table of food.

While mooncakes, pomelos, tea and piggy-shaped biscuits are enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Festival, tang yuan are only served during Winter Solstice or 冬至.

Did you guess that correctly?

Yew Chong said that after he painted the kids playing with lanterns, someone told him that they looked like Yew Chong and his siblings. Yew Chong mischievously added that he used to play games such as attempting to put out one another’s candle flames and making ghostly faces with the flames shining from their jaws.

The superman lantern that resembles Yew Chong!

Use the Loco Mole app to get your very own AR lantern.

2. “My Chinatown Home”, 我家牛车水 

Mural location: 30 Smith Street.

Created in April 2019

 

This mural depicts Yip Yew Chong’s first home in Sago Lane, Chinatown. The attention to every detail on this long stretch of wall is astounding as he painted it based on his memories.

Yew Chong’s late grandmother sewing a patchwork blanket

He shared about how life was sharing the house with his family as well as other families who were co-tenants. He was asked why cats are always featured in his paintings and explained that many households kept cats as pets to keep the rats away.

Sophie immediately exclaimed, “Oh, that’s what Por Por used to tell me too!” I was so heartened to know that Sophie remembered the stories that my mum used to tell her of her youth.

Yew Chong and his siblings playing a game “aeroplane chess” in this part of the mural. Being kids, they often pretended they were superman and jumped off the bed to his mum’s dismay.

Mummy, do you want a candy too?

Are you old enough to know why there’s a cabinet hanging from the ceiling?

Here you can use the Locomole app to “open the door” and explore Yip Yew Chong’s home in 360 degrees in Augmented Reality.

3. “Cantonese Opera”

Mural location: Temple Street (gable wall of No.252 South Bridge Road).

Created in April 2019.

This vibrant mural depicting a Cantonese opera scene is strikingly remarkable!

As a boy, Yew Chong often followed his aunt to watch Cantonese operas. From there, the extravagant costumes, elaborate background and props caught his attention which went on to inspire his style of art.

He remembered how the opera was watched by people of all races and ages, so he made sure to add that in the mural.

On each side of the stage, there are mobile food stalls –one selling rojak by an Indian and another selling ice cream by a Chinese

Use the Locomole app and be a part of the opera troupe in Augmented Reality!

4. “Lion Dance Head Maker and the Window”

Mural location: Mohamed Ali Lane, Chinatown (on the side wall of House 227 South Bridge Road).

Created in October 2018.

This mural of a Lion Dance Head Maker Shop at Mohamed Ali Lane is based on the actual shop at No. 3 Ann Siang Hill in the 1980s.

The man that Yew Chong drew is Henry Ng, one of Singapore’s lion dance costume makers. Henry is one of the last full-timers, which makes him a custodian of this vanishing trade even though lion dance is very much a Chinese tradition for auspicious occasions.

 


Above on the second floor window are two ladies, an Indian and Chinese. In the past, it was common for families of different race and language to live under the same roof in the shophouses.

Using the LocoMole app, tap on the AR Scan and join a lion dance in Augmented Reality!

5. “Mamak Shop”

Mural location: Mohamed Ali Lane, Chinatown (on the side wall of House 227 South Bridge Road).

Created in October 2018.

A little further, you can find the ‘Mamak’ shop – a convenience store usually owned by early Indian immigrants.

Sophie was delighted to spot “treasures” like country erasers and lollipops in the Mamak shop. Pretty amazing how well-stocked a humble mamak shop can be back in those days.

6. “Paper Mask and Puppet Seller”

Mural location: Mohamed Ali Lane, Chinatown (on the side wall of House 227 South Bridge Road).

Created in October 2018.

The last mural is paper mask and puppet seller Mr Yeo Ban Kok. I must admit I’ve never heard of him before this trail.

I can imagine it must have be exhausting balancing so many colourful masks and puppets and hawkering them from his cart.

7.  Tong Heng Bakery

285 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058833

This 80-year-old brand Singapore heritage brand specialising in Chinese pastries was our last stop for the day and concluded our preview of LocoMole’s heritage mural trail.

With the LocoMole app, we could redeem a $4 discount from Tong Heng’s Double Blessings Pastry Set.

 

Review of LocoMole Heritage Mural Trail with a Discount Code

This self-guided heritage mural trail is a fun and interactive way to capture kids’ curiosity and deepen their appreciation for our history and culture. With the LocoMole app, you can easily find the murals around Chinatown, Tiong Bahru and Everton Road mapped out without the hassle to plan it personally .

This is a history lesson with a difference for kids, as they get to learn interesting facts about each artwork be it a festival, trade or simply sights from the past in the palm of their hands with the brief write up on the app.

Sophie enjoyed the various AR activities at each spot. They were prefect opportunities for her to discover more about each artwork and their significance to our culture too.

Personally I feel the quality of the AR photos can be improved as the photos captured were grainy for us. The Yip Yew Chong heritage mural trail is priced at $9.98. You’ll also enjoy discounts at a few local dining outlets, like 1-for-1 all day breakfast set at Killiney,  $20 off Wholly Crab seafood bucket, and other.

Discount Code for LocoMole Heritage Mural Trail

This heritage street art trail makes an educational activity for families, so the good folks at LocoMole has extended a 50% discount for readers of A Juggling Mom blog until 31 December 2019.

To enjoy this discounted Yip Yew Chong trail, either click on the link to be directed online or download the Locomole app and key in the promo code, “golocalsusan”  and you can play tourist in your own city for the month of August with your family!

Check out their YouTube video and see how the app works here!

 

 

 

 

A Juggling Mom was invited to LocoMole’s Yip Yew Chong Street Art Trail to write this review. All opinions and photos are mine unless otherwise stated.

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Broadway sensation Aladdin Singapore premiere 

Broadway sensation Aladdin made its Singapore premiere on 21 July 2019 for it’s only Asian stop at Sands Theatre in Marina Bay Sands. We caught the musical last night and were still singing the songs and tapping our feet on our way back.

After all, it’s not everyday where you get blown away by a magical razzle-dazzle Broadway performance where everything is shiny, shimmery, splendid.

From spectacular scenic sets to over 300 dazzling costumes covered in Swarovski crystals, pyrotechnics and of course a magic carpet that really flies, we were enthralled from start to end.

Broadway sensation Aladdin in Singapore!

Sophie got her hands on the Magic Lamp!

Excited to watch the Broadway sensation Aladdin in Singapore

Aladdin, only Asian stop in Singapore

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The power of life giving words

If only words could kill… this thought ran through my mind as I sat across a friend who was relentlessly dishing out all her husband’s flaws over breakfast. After she finished recounting one incident, it led to the next and another.

As she went on, it was clear to me that my friends were also feeling uncomfortable. Even though she didn’t mind revealing so much details of her marital unhappiness, I wasn’t sure we were prepared to hear all that.

When she finally stopped to catch her breath, there was an uncomfortable silence in the air as my girlfriends and I looked back and forth at each other awkwardly. Surely, my disgruntled friend was expecting us to stand in solidarity with her. But not wanting to fan the flames, everyone said nothing because silence is sometimes the best antidote to quieten the angry waves crashing on our hearts.

I’m not here to judge my friend and I get that there are days when all we need is a good ranting session to get it all out. To have someone to air our grievances to and get it off our chest.

Cutting Words That Hurt and Destroy

That morning was a reminder that I have often been unkind in my words towards those closest and dearest to me, like my family. It also made me think about how our words hold so much power to either uplift them or tear them down.

And undeniably, I’ve uttered words I’m ashamed of in the moment of anger. Words that cut and hurt right to the core.

 

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

 

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Changi Experience Studio at Jewel Changi Airport {Review + Giveaway}

“4 hours? You mean there’s so much to do inside Changi Experience Studio in Jewel?”

 

I overheard Sophie gushing to her grandparents about all the fun and interactive games she played in Changi Experience Studio in Jewel. Yes, you heard me right,  games at Changi Experience Studio that kept us glued to this place for hours.

We were there for close to 4 hours and didn’t even realised how long we have been inside the studio until our stomachs started to grumble. Sophie was reluctant to leave and even suggested that we leave her to continue playing. We didn’t do that of course, otherwise she’ll miss eating at A&W with us.

Changi Experience Studio, that’s tucked away in a far corner of level 4, may be a less prominent attraction compared to the highly publicised Canopy Park, but after our experience, we were blown away by the many state-of-the-art digital experiences and fun interactive games.

There are lots to learn about the ins-and-outs of Changi Airport making it an edutainment visit for adults and children alike. Here’s a review of what you can expect in Changi Experience Studio and how you can win family passes as well.

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Oh Crab, it’s back! Weekend Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie, PARKROYAL Kitchener Road

Weekend Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie

Weekend Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie Image Credit: PARKROYAL Hotel

I don’t like getting my hands dirty when eating. But when it’s for a crab feast, I’m all up for it!

Crab lovers you’re in for a treat because PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road’s Weekend Seafood Buffet is back with the freshest catches and a new DIY mocktail bar at Spice Brasserie.

Bigger and Better Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie

From now till 16 August 2019, you can feast on unlimited servings of Spice Brasserie’s signatures including Stir Fried Slipper Lobster Black Bean Sauce and Chili Crab with Mantou for their weekend lunch.

And if that doesn’t wheat your appetite, the expanded weekend dinner buffet offers a wider selection of seafood dishes with fiery Black Pepper Crab and creamy Salted Egg Crab, alongside tasty creations such as Oatmeal Prawn with Curry Leaves.

Spice Brasserie’s signature Chili Crab with Mantou

Oatmeal Prawns with Curry Leaves

Creamy and fragrant Salted Egg Crabs

Alexis and I enjoyed the the variety of crabs and oatmeal prawns when we were there for the dinner buffet. From our observation, the Salted Egg Crab was the hot favourite of them all.

In fact, when it was being dished out from the kitchen, guests who were waiting around like hawks dived in immediately leaving us with just the body parts, which dampen the satisfaction level. So my advice is, sit closer to the buffet line and be quick on your feet!

Another memorable dishes for us were the Steamed Whole Seabass Hong Kong Style (very fresh and sweet) and Slipper Lobster in Black Bean Sauce. But some dishes fell short of expectations like the Oyster Omelette that was neither eggy nor crispy and the XO Seafood Bee Hoon.

Steamed Seabass

Slipper Lobster in Black Bean Sauce

Shell lovers will be delighted with seafood on ice awaits with selections like the Whole Sea Whelk, Black Mussel, Marinated Stone Crab Claw, Seasoned Jelly Fish, Baby Lobster, Scallops on Shell, Marinated Clams, and more.

You can also enjoy a variety of Salmon, Tuna, Hamachi and Swordfish sashimi, and assorted sushi at the Japanese live station counter.

DIY Mocktail Bar

A new feature of the buffet is the DIY mocktail bar. Instead of standard soft drinks, you can customise your own mocktails with a delicious selection of refreshing sodas and flavoured syrups. Top off your mocktail with a selection of condiments including lychee and sour plum.

If it sounds intimidating, you can also opt to concoct drinks according to some tried and tested recipe that’s displayed as well.

Don’t forget to leave room for dessert as their selection for sweet and savoury treats to end a satisfying dinner is pretty good.

I’m no durian fan and skipped the Durian Pengat with Sticky Rice but heard good things about it from other tables. Instead I had Pulut Hitam and which was so good as well as other local desserts like Nyoya Kuehs and Black Sesame Mochi.

Oh Crab, it’s back! Weekend Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie, PARKROYAL Kitchener Road Pricing

Oh Crab, it’s Back! Seafood Buffet is available for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays and dinner on Fridays to Sundays, from now till 16 August 2019.

Weekend Lunch (Saturday and Sunday) : SG$48/adult , SG$24/child

Weekend Dinner (Fridays to Sundays):  SG$58/adult, SG$29/child

Prices are subject to GST and service charge.

For detailed prices and terms and conditions, please visit www.parkroyalhotels.com/kitchener.

 

Spice Brasserie, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road

181 Kitchener Road
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Singapore 208533
Tel: +65 6428 3160
Daily: 6am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park

 

 

*  A Juggling Mom was invited to Spice Brasserie to write this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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