{Giveaway} Glowtape Productions’ The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey| 14 – 30 JULY 2017

Glowtape Productions presents The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey from 14 – 30 July at the Drama Centre Theatre.

The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey is a spectacular musical adaptation that transforms Meng Jiang Nü’s tale into a soaring musical odyssey. Raw emotions are laid bare in a dazzling display of vocal showmanship as the characters come to life in a beautiful contemporary setting detailed with traditional design influences.

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Captivating and profoundly moving, this production weaves a gripping tale of love and courage against an epic backdrop of imperial China. In the face of insurmountable odds, a young everywoman does not yield to her fate. What unfolds is a passionate display of a woman’s resolve as she stands alone against the ultimate symbol of unbridled hubris and power.

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Join the phenomenal Na-Young Jeon’s Singapore debut, multi-talented George Chan and homegrown singing sensation Nathan Hartono as they team up this July for The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey.

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No wall too tall.
No journey too long.
The legend of Meng Jiang Nü.

Behind the imposing façade of The Great Wall lies one of the most enduring legends in Chinese folklore – the story of Meng Jiang Nü, whose tears brought down the Great Wall.

This original musical with brand new script by acclaimed Singaporean playwright Jean Tay, who won best original script for Everything But The Brain and authored Boom, both literature texts in schools, is led by an international team of artists – featuring composer David Shrubsole (National Gallery Singapore’s Opening Festival, London Road) from the UK, helmed by Australian director Darren Yap (Man of Letters, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!), and starring talents from the West End – Dutch-Korean actress Na-Young Jeon (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon) and Monique Wilson (Miss Saigon, The King & I), along with George Chan (Chicago, December Rains) and homegrown singer-songwriter Nathan Hartono, fresh from his stint on Sing! China.

The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey is a musical not to be missed! We can’t wait attend this amazing new musical in July. Book your tickets early at SISTIC and get the best seats before it is a Sold Out performance!

GIVEAWAY : 

WIN a Pair of Tickets worth $144!  

We’ve got great news for our loyal followers and fans of Nathan Hartono!

Glowtape Productions has kindly sponsored a pair of Cat 3 tickets worth more than for the 16 July, Sunday 3pm performance! Do follow ALL the instructions below to take part for your chance to win! 

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  • Giveaway ends 27 June, Tuesday at 2359 hrs.
  • Collection will be at the Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3, 45 minutes before show time. Do note that children younger than 8 years old will not be admitted.
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About The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey

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When  : 14 – 30 JULY 2017 | Tue – Sat 8pm |Sat & Sun 3pm

* Please note that the role of Meng Jiang Nü will be played by Ethel Yap for performances on 16 Jul 3pm, 19 Jul 8pm and 26 Jul 8pm.

Where: Drama Centre Theatre (Map)

Duration: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes  (15 minutes interval)

Who : No admission for infants in arms and person below 8 years old.

Ticket Pricing :  Check SISTIC for discounts applicable.

14 & 15 JULY $68 – $98
FRI 8PM, SAT 3PM & 8PM $68 – $98, $128 (VIP)
TUE – THU 8PM, SUN 3PM $58 – $88

(Ticket prices excludes $4 SISTIC Booking Fee)

Tickets available through: Get Your Tickets Now
SISTIC Website
SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

All-Time Favourite Times Bookstore, Opens Biggest Lifestyle Concept Bookstore at Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore at Punggol’s newly-opened mall, Waterway Point, is big on books and lifestyle!  Moving with the times, in addition to a wide range of books, this new bookstore boasts dedicated sections that cater to the lifestyle needs of consumers.  This is especially so for the children and families at their biggest new concept bookstore in Singapore at Waterway Point.

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Spanning a floor area of about 7,335 sq ft with dedicated sections for children, lifestyle products and a workshop area, the new Times Waterway Point seeks to fulfill the promise of being more than a bookstore to cater to the varied lifestyle needs of consumers, especially children and families.  This is evident from the children’s section, Times Junior, which spans an unprecedented floor space of over 1,600 sq ft. With this boost in size, Times Junior features not only educational books, activity books and educational toys for the young, but also offers a conducive and fun area within, for children to read or interact with other children.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Established in 1978, I remember my childhood from weekends spent browsing through the bookstore at Times Centrepoint.  Those made up some of the happiest memories of my childhood as my daddy will keep a look out for us while mum gets to shop at Robinsons.  Homegrown book retailer, Times, is a leading retailer of English language books and complementary products in the region with a chain of bookstores throughout Singapore and Malaysia. Times Waterway Point is the seventh bookstore in Singapore for the group.  Adopting a cheerful orange palette, complemented by warm brown hues of wood structures and trims, this new bookstore exudes a welcoming and cosy vibe that makes browsing and shopping for books and lifestyle merchandise a delight.

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With the recent shift in focus on children and families, Times is set to offer a cohesive educational and learning environment for children while having fun at the same time.  Inspiring and conducive spaces have been created for parents to spend quality time bonding with their children over exciting activities and workshops.  Not only that, other lifestyle books and merchandises are also made available for the adults to enjoy a moment for themselves too.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

The 600 sq ft island-style Lifestyle Section that can be converted into a dedicated space for workshops, activities or educational classes is a prominent feature within the bookstore.  Some of the upcoming activities planned include children story-telling, financial workshops, cooking demonstrations and arts & craft sessions.

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Island counter for cooking demonstration

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A sharing session over essential oils

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Mark your calendar!

The rest of the bookstore space offers an extensive range of books catering to readers of all ages and interests, including lifestyle, fiction and non-fiction books and a selection of Chinese and school assessment books and materials for children.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

In addition, there are also comprehensive stationery and lifestyle offerings, such as premium choices of writing accessories and instruments, gift items and lifestyle accessories.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Yesterday’s media event at the opening of Times Bookstore gave us a glimpse of what’s to come at the lifestyle concept bookstore.  Aside from Meet & Greet with storybook characters, we participated in a chocolate cake baking session, fiddled with LEGO Mindstorm, made pins and crafts, and got introduced to essential oils.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Sign up for a LEGO & Technology Camp from 6th – 8th June 2016. Registration and details at any Times Bookstore!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Participate in a baking demonstration or workshop featuring one of the recipe books available in-store!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Educational toys and activity packs s are aplenty too.  Get ready to be spoilt for choice!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Hubby and I are lovers of Science and our family fiddles around with simple home experiments whenever there is an opportunity.  I was most pleasantly pleased to find a few awesome Science packs that provides fun and educational purposes at the same time.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

While taking my time to browse through the children’s collection, I spotted a few favourite series as well as surprise finds.  We’ll be going back to check them out again soon.

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When the boy finds Beast Quests / Sea Quests…. he pulls out all we don’t have at home, and share with his sister ❤

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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“I Kill The Mockingbird” by Paul Acampora got me very curious.  I had loved “To Kill A Mockingbird” but not everybody does so.  This title is about an exciting plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic.  Controversial plans were put in place to get people to read the book.  What resulted from all their efforts was a mini revolution in the name of books.

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Check out this series of baby lit board books.  Each one combines elements of classic story with an educational theme.  Delightfully fabulous, these board books are sturdy with thick pages and easy for the little ones to flip through.

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Guess which title this belongs to.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

We found our new favourite detective/mystery series by local author, Don Bosco, and recently completed a review of The Legend of Lady Yue.

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Check out the Chinese Cinderella series.  Every girl should read this too!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

These all-time favourites for the young adventure seekers are decked out in their full glory.  The Secret Seven series is available in junior full-coloured version as well and I have been looking for the junior series all over the place in order to get Didi interested in Enid Blyton books!

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More Enid Blyton story collection for the little ones.  I’d say hoarding these are totally worth it, simply for the love of Enid Blyton books. ❤

Check out this series of baby lit board books.  Each one combines elements of classic story with an educational theme.  Delightfully fabulous, these board books are sturdy with thick pages and easy for the little ones to flip through.

Eh oh!  He found this!!

Check out this series of baby lit board books.  Each one combines elements of classic story with an educational theme.  Delightfully fabulous, these board books are sturdy with thick pages and easy for the little ones to flip through.

I can’t possibly showcase all the interesting books I saw.  There are simply too many irresistable titles in the bookstore.  Shifting to Sengkang soon with a disapprovingly small bookshop at Seletar Mall, Times Bookstore at Waterway Point will very soon be our book heaven later this year.  We certainly look forward to returning here to spend the lazy afternoon with the kids.  Do check out the bookstore if you have the time.  It’s not everyday that we have such a big bookstore in the heartlands.  There is no need to go to town anymore!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

With the new direction of targeting children and families and the launch of this new concept bookstore at Waterway Point, Times is proud to partner one of Singapore’s well-known homegrown celebrity mum, Diana Ser, as its Brand Advocate.  The partnership is based on the shared vision between Times and Diana Ser in advocating the benefits of reading via physical books and the importance of fun learning for children”, said Ms Lek.

In addition, Diana’s proficiency in not one but two important languages in Singapore gives a glimpse into Times’ plans for the future. With the aim of creating a holistic educational pit stop for children, Times recognises that Diana’s bilingualism in the English and Chinese languages makes her a good role model for the younger generation. This is opportune as Diana recently launched her online edutainment program, ‘Crazy About Chinese’, where she shares fun and easy ways through her personal journey of imparting the Chinese language to her four-year-old daughter, Jaymee.

“This partnership with Times is particularly exciting because we are both Singapore brands united in our belief for children to learn through play. Together, Times and Crazy About Chinese will also bring new energy, ideas and resources to parents who are keen to nurture their children to be bilingual!”, said Diana.
Looking ahead, Times will continue to expand its repertoire of Chinese books and products beyond the current English-centric domain, providing children with greater exposure to the Chinese language.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

This 红帽子蓝帽子 series on the right is quite good. Unfortunately my close up photo got corrupted. Do check out this series with HYPY for self-reading and also higher level of difficulty as a step-up from kiddish Chinese titles.

Thanks to Times Bookstore and WOM Communications , we attended the official opening and media preview at Waterway Point.  Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you’ve read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley 🙂

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

ABOUT TIMES BOOKSTORES

Times Bookstores, the retail arm of Times Publishing Limited, with a chain of stores throughout Singapore and Malaysia, offer a wide variety of book and magazine titles catering to readers of all ages across different genres including but not limited to children’s, lifestyle, fiction, non-fiction, art and business/management. It also offers complementary non-book products such as general and lifestyle gifts, stationery, fine writing instruments, reading accessories and greeting cards and gift wraps. Times Bookstores also host a variety of exciting and vibrant activities, including author appearances, book signings and workshops for customers.

Website: http://timesbookstores.com.sg/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Timesbookstores.sg
Instagram: @timesbookstoressg / #timesbookstoressg

TIMES BOOKSTORES LISTING

TIMES CENTREPOINT
176 Orchard Road, #04-08/09/10/11, S238843
Tel : 6734 9022

TIMES JELITA
293 Holland Road, #02-16/17, Cold Storage Jelita, S278628
Tel : 6466 5702

TIMES MARINA SQUARE
6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-149-151, Marina Square, S039594
Tel : 6250 7528

TIMES PARAGON
290 Orchard Road Paragon, #04-41, S238859
Tel : 6836 6182

TIMES PLAZA SINGAPURA
68 Orchard Road, #04-05, S238839
Tel : 6336 8861

TIMES TAMPINES 1
10 Tampines Central 1, #03-06, S529536
Tel : 6782 7017

TIMES WATERWAY POINT
83 Punggol Central, Waterway Point, #02-19, S828761
Tel : 6385 9428

{Review} Mother’s Day Menu at A-One Claypot House

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What do we do on Mother’s Day?  Aside from buying our mum’s a gift, a bouquet of flowers, or even a cake, I believe what our mums really wanted is for the family to dine together on this joyous occasion.  Being the lucky generation of Singaporeans born into a country with a plethora of food options, our family’s choice is simply the most practical and fulfilling.  Nothing beats dining out in the comfort of great food and being able to enjoy a meal with our family members.

This year, Mother’s Day falls on 10th May.  As usual, we celebrate Mother’s Day slightly earlier than the actual day itself just to avoid the mad crowd and parking problem (hubby’s #1 hate list) as most of the world will also be dining out.  For the period from 1st to 10th May ’15, A-One Claypot House will be serving their special Mother’s Day Set Meal upon reservation in advance.  We had a 10-pax Set Meal at Kallang Wave Mall outlet last night.  This is also the first time we are celebrating with Audrey’s family although not the first occasion that our families are dining together.

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A-One Claypot House boasts of healthier meal option with the use of lesser oil and not using MSG.  Though the chain started as food court stalls selling one of the best traditional Cantonese-style smooth congee in Singapore, they have since branched out into operating their own full-fledged casual dining restaurants with a wide selection of dishes and clean premises for families.

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Bustling with patrons at 630PM, Saturday night.

We were first served with 2 pots of tea, namely the Assorted Dried Fruits Tea (果粒茶)and the Blooming Fortune Tea(花开富贵)to open up the taste buds before our meal.  While I prefer the slightly astringent taste of the Blooming Fortune Tea akin to typical Chinese Tea, Audrey’s family preferred the slightly sweet fruity taste of the herbal infused Assorted Dried Fruits Tea.  In summary, both pots of tea were still well received as they have no sugar added.

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Assorted Dried Fruits Tea (果粒茶)and the Blooming Fortune Tea(花开富贵)

A-One Mother's Day Menu

The remaining we had were literally all served at the same time which initially overwhelmed us a bit.  We had the Crab Meat & Fish Maw Shark Fins Soup (蟹肉鱼漂鱼翅) which my family (except my parents) did not eat.  From the appearance and feedback from Audrey’s family, it seems that the soup is quite watery without enough quantity of substance aside from the starchy portion.  After all these years, we are still trying to educate my older folks about the cruelty of shark-finning.  As this was the highlight in the menu, we hope that in future, A-One Claypot House would consider offering alternative soup without the fins as an option for shark-lovers like me & hubs.

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Assorted Dried Fruits Tea (果粒茶)and the Blooming Fortune Tea(花开富贵)

Everyone loved the 2 servings of Sea Cucumber & Fish Maw Claypot Porridge (砂锅鱼票海参粥)for the smooth, congee consistency and the chunky pieces of sea cucumber & fish maw cooked til so soft that they literally melt-in-the-mouth.  Just for the porridge alone, we would return for another visit to try their award-winning Traditional Claypot Scallop porridge!  We were told that pearl white rice grains was used to cook the porridge.  Coupled with fresh ingredients, the porridge was cooked over slow fire for many hours to achieve the texture and consistency we had.  Even Kristy agreed that it was the best porridge found outside of the home after comparing with “婆婆粥“, the porridge that my mum cooks.

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Sea Cucumber & Fish Maw Claypot Porridge (砂锅鱼票海参粥)

The Scallop Fried with Lotus Root and Asparagus (翡翠带子炒莲藕)Golden Prawns in Creamy Salted Egg Sauce (黄金咸蛋虾球) and Rock Sugar Honey Pork (冰花蜜汁肉片) were few of the well-liked dishes by our families though we have different opinions.  Being a lover for lotus roots, Regan had multiple servings of the Scallop Fried with Lotus Root and Asparagus (翡翠带子炒莲藕).  He is a boy who enjoys munching on a good slice of crunchy sweet lotus root.

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Scallop Fried with Lotus Root and Asparagus (翡翠带子炒莲藕)

The Golden Prawns in Creamy Salted Egg Sauce (黄金咸蛋虾球) was well-received by my hubs and I.  The fresh prawn balls were big, crunchy and fried to perfection.  While Audrey found that it is too peppery, we were OK with it and the little more spice added another dimension to the creamy salty taste.  However, we agree that it could have been creamier.

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Golden Prawns in Creamy Salted Egg Sauce (黄金咸蛋虾球)

Wey, being very picky with food, was all thumbs up with the Rock Sugar Honey Pork (冰花蜜汁肉片).  The fresh pork which was marinated in rock sugar and honey turned out tender and yummy.  However, it would have been great if the serving size could be bigger.

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Rock Sugar Honey Pork (冰花蜜汁肉片)

Another dish that went especially well with Kristy was the Longevity Noodle with Sesame Oil Chicken (麻油鸡长寿面).  As a noodle lover (she can have 10 noodle meals a week if I allow her to have lunch at school), she had a big serving of it and even thanks Popo for helping her with additional serving of the gravy.  The sesame oil chicken cooked together with the noodle were chunky and savoury, full of yummy sesame oil flavour.

Aone Claypot House

Longevity Noodle with Sesame Oil Chicken (麻油鸡长寿面)

Aone Claypot House

Spinach with Mushroom and Sea Cucumber (香菇海参菠菜) is a widely known dish and we have it on the table at almost every Chinese wedding dinner.  The soft and nutritious veg went well with the kids for easy biting and spinach is also something we would normally order when eating out.

Aone Claypot House

Spinach with Mushroom and Sea Cucumber (香菇海参菠菜)

Happy Family Premium Pot (合家欢盆菜) came with a lot of gravy.  I had multiple spoonfuls of the rich and flavourful gravy that it was enough to fill up my bowl.  Perhaps due to the abundant gravy (I wouldn’t say that it’s too much as I like my rice drenched with flavourful gravy), the dish was not presented like what I had in mind for a pot of pencai 盆菜 as we are used to seeing neatly-arranged, overflowing serving of succulent meat and seafood.  We have 4 pieces of baby abalones that were cooked to a firm but not hard to bite texture, some scallops as well as chunky fish maw, large pieces of soft sea cucumber and chinese mushrooms.

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Happy Family Premium Pot (合家欢盆菜)

Deep Fried Sea Bass (油浸金目鲈) was a little hard on the outside and was served coated with the savoury gravy.  It would be perfect if there is more wok-hei to fry the fish so that the skin will be crispier and the bones can be munched on.  Overall, both our mums and my hubs loved the fish and here is my hubs munching on the meat on the bone.

Aone Claypot House

Aone Claypot House

Deep Fried Sea Bass (油浸金目鲈)

After we finish with the main dishes, we were served a serving of Red Dates and Longan Dessert (红枣龙眼糖水) each.  The light and not too sweet dessert certainly helped to to cleanse the palate after sampling so many dishes.

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Red Dates and Longan Dessert (红枣龙眼糖水)

Strangely, we were thinking that the Steamed Scallop with Vermicelli (粉丝蒸带子) and Deep Fried Pumpkin in Creamy Salted Egg Sauce (黄金奶油金瓜) was included in the 10-pax menu.  However, we only realized that these 2 dishes are not part of our set meal after we left the restaurant.  After all that we heard about the special sauce served with the Steamed Scallop with Vermicelli (粉丝蒸带子), we concluded that we should include this in our must-try dish when we return for another visit.

A-One Claypot House Mother's Day Menu

A-One Claypot House Mother’s Day Menu : Click to enlarge

This Mother’s Day Promotion at A-One Claypot House is only valid from 1st May- 10th May 2015, upon reservation.  Do call them at 9125 9611 for booking if you are heading for the Mother’s Day Menu that is specially introduced at 5 of their outlets (see below for list).

Overall, both our families enjoyed the dinner gathering and joint celebration over Mother’s Day dinner.  We left with happy tummies and had plans to return for afternoon me-time (just the two of us, Audrey & I) when our kids are in their enrichment classes.

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About A-One Claypot House

Outlets available with Mother’s Day Menu

Tampines 1 @#05-04
Nex Shopping Centre @ #B1-73
Kallang Wave Mall | The Sports Hub @ #01-33/34
Seletar Mall @ #02-14/15/16
Causeway Point @ #03-31

Other outlets (Regular Menu)

Junction 8 @ #01-49
Chinatown Point @ #B1-47
Jurong Point (JP1) @ #03-09
Suntec City Mall @ #B1-135

Operating HoursDaily 10:30am-9:30pm (Last Order)

Facebook | Website | Reservations : Call 9125 9611

Note :  We were invited for media tasting at A-One Claypot House | Kallang Wave Mall for the purposes of this review.  All photographs (unless otherwise indicated) and opinions remain our own, as always.

~ SAys! Shirley