Colours, Sights & Patterns At Kampong Glam

In the 19th century, Kampong Glam was essentially an ethnic district with a strong Malay-Arab influence. It was a place where locals patronized for their Arab-Muslim traditional foodstuff and merchandise...

A Journey Into The Depths

In days of yore, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, sea monsters thronged the deep blue seas. With a single themed exhibition, Science Centre Singapore brings the world of massive prehistoric marine beings to life…

Back 30 Years To Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre

Iconic along this stretch of road is the rectangular block of a nondescript beige-tiled building. The facade of this building is blocked by an overhead bridge. And this is the front entrance to a shopping centre - the Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre… (USSC).

Interactive 4D Excitement At Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum recently revamped itself with brand new art exhibits and themed zones to evoke the five human senses titled "Mystery", "Excitement", "Supernatural", "Fairytale", "Fantasy", and "Trick World"…

Where Freemasons Convene

In 1886, the Masonic Club was established to support Singapore freemasonry. Guess who was the first Freemason in modern Singapore?

Sony Launches Home Cinema Projectors For That Immersive 4K HDR Viewing Experience

Sony today announced the expansion of its ultra short throw home theatre line-up with the introduction of the VPL-VZ1000ES 4K HDR home theatre projector, designed to integrate easily into people’s homes. Sony’s latest innovative laser light source projector is High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible with native 4K resolution. It can be positioned as little as six inches away from the wall, yet command the room with a 254cm (100 inch) image, measured diagonally in 16:9.

The VPL-VZ1000ES is approximately 925 x 494 x 219mm in size. Despite its compact size and lower price, the VPL-VZ1000ES generates 2,500 lumens of colour light output. Sony's advanced SXRD panels, coupled with the Z-Phosphor laser light engine, produce high dynamic contrast, enhancing the highlights and lowlights of HDR content.

"Up until now home cinema enthusiasts have needed a dedicated room for watching projected content; this isn't always ideal, since not everyone has the luxury of extra space to accommodate an extra-large screen. The new VPL-VZ1000ES changes this dynamic completely, providing an enchanting home theatre experience up to 120" in your existing living space."
-- Riki Nishimura, GM,
Business & Industrial Solutions Marketing Division, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific ---

The VPL-VZ1000ES ultra short throw 4K HDR home theatre projector is available in Singapore now at a recommended retail price of S$28,000. For more information, visit Sony's Professional Solutions website at

As it projects upwards, the VPL-VZ1000ES 4K HDR projector
requires so little space that it fits easily into any compact space...

For those seeking a more immersive experience, Sony also launched its line-up of Home Cinema projectors with three new high-performance models that bring an immersive 4K HDR viewing experience to the home at IFA 2017.

The three new models introduced are:
  • The premium laser light source VPL-VW760ES projector in compact design 1 reproduces stunning 4K HDR images.
  • The versatile VPL-VW360ES with high dynamic contrast and adjustable function of image quality is suited for various types of viewing contents.
  • The affordable VPL-VW260ES delivers immersive and authentic 4K HDR images with great value-to- cost performance.
All three new models deliver high-contrast, detail-packed images thanks to Sony’s cutting-edge native SXRD panel. This is combined with Reality Creation, an impressive resolution processing technology that uses a unique Sony algorithm to perfectly map pixels, for consistently crisp images. in addition to HDR10, which is the standard HDR format for UHD, the new projectors also support HLG for broadcast and online content.

The startling difference between SDR and HDR quality can be seen in the eyes of the marmoset...

The Reality Creation enhances the authenticity of the viewing experience...

The VPL-VW760ES produces stunning images, using a laser light source with 2,000 lumens for spectacular and long-lasting brightness. The technology ensures high-dynamic contrast with new light level control that adjusts to the brightness of the scene in real-time, so bright scenes appear more vivid and darker scenes have more depth. Because of its compact size with 496mm in depth which is 40% smaller than current laser light source model 1 , the projector is easily installed in a shelf or hang on the ceiling.

A  kaleidoscopic time lapse video on Tokyo's Asakusa night life...

The versatile VPL-VW360ES allows viewers to experience the beauty of 4K HDR with 1,500 lumens of brightness. The model has additional features to reproduce even more realistic images including an Advanced Iris for 200,000:1 dynamic contrast and picture positioning memory to adjust to the aspect ratio of whatever content is being shown.

Stills captured from the clip on Peru - you almost feel as if you are there by the river...
The VPL-VW260ES delivers a 4K HDR experience with high cost performance. The 1,500 lumens projector includes many of the features of the other two projectors, including a native 4K SXRD panel, Reality Creation and TRILUMINOS TM , so users get precise and clear images at a cost-effective price point. Both the VPL-VW360ES and the VPL-VW260ES come in black and premium white colours to fit into various customer environment.

Regardless of the type of viewing experience - documentaries, time lapse videos, movies, 
Sony's Home Cinema Projectors awe with its immersive visual reality...

For more information on Sony’s Home Cinema portfolio, visit:


Cake Avenue - Colourful Fun With Desserts

Cake Avenue, recently released an all-new dessert menu featuring 6 playful twists to classic diner foods of the 60s and 70s. The new dessert menu is in line with the cake shop’s 17th Anniversary this year, and was created by head pastry chef E.T. Yew.

The new menu features creations designed to mimic the look and feel of classic savoury diner foods such as hamburgers, corndogs, nachos and alphabet soup, yet surprises the senses with a delightfully sweet and palette pleasing dessert instead.

Perhaps the most stunning of the entire menu is the Alphabet Soup (S$9.90). Designed to remind us of our youth when we learnt the alphabet by eating this iconic canned soup, Cake Avenue now camouflages a refreshing, creamy lychee mousse entremet with chunks of lychee and raspberry fruit within. The dish is then topped with sweet milk agar ‘alphabets’ and a rose jelly ‘consommé’...

Wanna experience a "Down The Avenue" drink? The cheerful Sunshine Unicorn (S$7.90) is vanilla ice cream blended with mango puree and milk, topped with a meringue unicorn horn and marshmallow ears...

Experiencing a hot day? Cool down with one of the refreshing Test Tubies. The Wild Berries is perfect for that added zest with a mix of Strawberries, Cranberries and Raspberries...

A selection of other tasty courses...

The Christmas menu  entices with its vibrant colours and adorable characters...

Chocolate Caramel Reindeer, Christmas Apple Bauble,
Mini Chocolate Yule Log with its accompanying macaroon...


Enjoy the desserts happily in a relaxing environment characterized by booth seats and warm wood furnishings...

About Cake Avenue

Born out of the passion to excite customers with beautiful and playful cakes, owners Natalie and Chuan Sheng Wong set up their first humble outlet in 2000, less than half the space of their current premises. Their business expanded exponentially when they brought Chef E.T. on-board who, himself had already mustered a following in Malaysia. Recently, Cake Avenue expanded its business to a full-fledged café concept, offering simple café meals alongside French-style desserts. The café is also Halal-certified.

Visit Cake Avenue today at located at 33 Lorong Kilat, #01-01/02, Kilat Centre, Singapore 598132 (off from Beauty World MRT Station).

​Food Japan 2017 - Showcase Of Seasonal Produce & Prefecture Specialties

​Food Japan is back for its sixth edition till 28 October 2017. This annual event provides a platform for F&B businesses in Japan and Southeast Asia to showcase ingredients, seasonal produce, prefecture specialties, and innovative food technologies that Japan has to offer. 200 exhibitors spanning 37 Japanese prefectures will be represented this year showcasing some 3,000 products, with 50% of the exhibitors new to Singapore to present unique items that have yet to be launched in Southeast Asia. Open to public at S$4 per person, visit the official website for more information.​

For members of the public interested to visit the event, a word of advice - do visit early as soon as the exhibition opens as many products may be sold out before the event opens to the public. It will also be common to meet exhibitors like 21 Max New Solution (Booth C28) who will refuse public queries about their "new solutions".

Japanese Tea Ceremony

At Food Japan, Merlion Wayfarer had the opportunity to sample a Japanese tea ceremony from a Japanese tea master from Shizuoka. Located at Booth E02, friendly booth staff invited us into their booth.

Artistic placemats adorn each seat...

The tea master explains each step of the process for that top quality brew...

The finished cup of tea. About the "dust" on the surface of the tea?
Don't worry, she says, these are fine tea hairs. To show that the tea is from the first harvest.

Each teapot is good for 2-3 brews with an optimal temperature of 70-80 degrees Celsius.
How to gauge that temperature? "As long as you can hold it in your hands," she says.

Each cup is thoughtfully served with a green tea biscuit.
There is a "hole" in the biscuit and a caterpillar cartoon on the packaging.
"To show that our tea has no preservatives and pesticides," she explains.

Drink this up, she says. It is full of healthy nutrients that are "good for the skin".
She tells us that she is 60 years of age, and attributes her good complexion to the tea.

The "secret recipe" to a good brew...

Thank you for your excellent service and insightful sharing, Shizuoka...

About - Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu is a Japanese food which consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet.  Pork loin (ロース rōsu) or fillet (ヒレ hire) are typically used for this dish. The word Ton (豚) comes from “pork” and Katsu (カツ) is an abbreviation of Katsuretu (カツレツ) derived from the English word “cutlet”.

What’s the difference between Japanese pork cutlets from other versions? The biggest difference is that Tonkatsu is breaded with panko (パン粉), a Japanese style breadcrumb made from white bread without crusts.  The crisp and crunchy panko flakes are larger than breadcrumbs and gives it a light and airy texture.  Since it absorbs less oil than breadcrumbs, it turns crispy after being fried.

About - Wafu Pizza

Wafu (和風) or Japanese-style dressing is a vinaigrette-type salad dressing based on tosazu (fermented vinegar seasoned with bonito and konbu seaweed), popular in Japan.  In Japanese, Wa (和) means Japanese style. The standard wafu dressing consists of a mixture of Japanese soy sauce, rice vinegar, mirin and vegetable oil. It can be used over a salad, or in this case, in a pizza, to create that distinct Japanese umami taste.

Mini Seafood Wafu Pizza just perfect for that afternoon snack...

Capilano Launches The World's First Pure Prebiotic Honey

Australia-based FMCG business, Capilano Honey, is setting the industry abuzz with the launch of the world’s first clinically-tested honey with naturally occurring prebiotics, Beeotic. Beeotic is the result of extensive research and a world-first clinical study conducted through the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to identify the widely-recognised, and now proven prebiotic health potential of selected Australian honeys.

Boost Your Digestive Health Today

Merlion Wayfarer recommends trying out Capilano's Beeotic Honey because...
  • Consuming prebiotic rich foods help the good bacteria in your gut grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio and therefore helping improve your digestive health.
  • Honey is a good source of prebiotics; this has been evidenced with human clinical studies.
  • Beeotic is 100% pure Australian honey. The name ‘Beeotic®’ comes from the incredible natural phenomenon in which, during the process of converting nectar into honey, bees add special enzymes that help create prebiotic sugars in conjunction with their own diverse gut microbiota.
  • Consumers who are increasingly conscious about their health and well being can now improve their overall digestive health by simply consuming a 1tbsp of Beeotic honey daily.
  • Beeotic is halal-certified and is recommended for children 12 months and up.

Beeotic is now available in all leading supermarkets (NTUC, Giant and Cold Storage) in Singapore in two BPA-free PET variants: 340g jar (RSP with GST: $16.80) and 500g upside down (RSP with GST: $22.00). 

CharaExpo 2017 - Bushiroad Celebrates A Decade Of Trading Cards, Cosplay & Anime

CharaExpo 2017 is a Japanese manga, anime, games and cosplay event. Held on 9 and 10 September 2017 in Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Hall, CharaExpo 2017 spotlighted the team behind the scenes of Japanese-related anime content. Fans can meet these prominent producers, manga artists, illustrators, and cosplayers and learn more about their passion and motivations. Major Japanese anime, manga and game companies also participated to showcase exclusive exhibits and limited merchandise.

CharaExpo 2017 was celebrated in conjunction with Bushiroad’s 10th Anniversary, where delighted fans were given the opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise from Bushiroad that has never been sold outside of Japan prior to the Expo.

“Each year, we aim to bring the most exclusive and latest anime content into Southeast Asia. This includes giving fans the opportunity to meet their favourite Japanese stars.”
-- Takaaki Kidani, CEO and President of Bushiroad International --

Headlined by some of the biggest names in anime, CharaExpo 2017 also saw the debut of many up-and-coming bands, including MYTH & ROID, a contemporary creative unit, which is the brainchild of producer, Tom-H@ck; Roselia, an all-girl band from popular multi-media project BanG Dream! and the Singapore Night Safari-inspired hit animation series, KEMONO FRIENDS.

Bushiroad also introduced their new high fantasy trading card game, Dragoborne - Rise to Supremacy, where Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, the brand ambassador for the game, made a guest appearance to do an autograph and meet-and-greet session with fans.

“We are extremely grateful to the thousands of fans who attended CharaExpo this year. We are heartened by the support of the fans and attendance has been steadily increasing each year. The positive feedback is highly encouraging for us.”
-- Takaaki Kidani, CEO and President of Bushiroad International --

For more information on CharaExpo, visit