Monday, October 20, 2014

100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo in JB City Square Mall (Now till 4th Jan 2015)

Not sure where to head to during the weekend? Perhaps you could head across the Causeway to JB City Square Mall Level 1 for the 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo.

On from now till 4th Jan 2015, the 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo showcases 100 life-sized Doraemon figurines, 100 iconic gadgets and memorable scenes in Doraemon stories. Even if you're not a Doraemon fan, the photo opportunities and interesting gadgets will certainly blow your mind. If you have kids in tow, I'm sure they'll be just as, if not more entertained!

Tickets are affordably priced at RM25 for adults (aged 13 and above) and RM15 for kids (aged 4 - 12). Senior citizens and very young children (below 90cm) can enter for free too.

You can literally find a Doraemon in every nook and corner, and if you follow the comic series, you can probably identify most, if not all of the gadgets. For Doraemon lovers, this is definitely a feast for the eyes.  

Karen, Janice, Raphael and I headed to the expo on a Saturday afternoon. We had so much fun goofing around with the Doraemon figurines, toying with all the fanciful gadgets and discovering new, fascinating facts about Doraemon.


Fun Facts about Doraemon

Did you know that Doraemon is a cat with ears that used to be yellow? I had absolutely no idea!

An unexpected twist of events led to Doraemon losing its ears to a mouse. This incident scarred him for life and caused him to fear mice. 

How did Doraemon become blue then? Poor Doraemon tried to cheer himself up when his girlfriend Noramyako laughed at his missing ears, but instead of drinking a cheer-up potion, he drank a sorrow potion that made him cry for 3 days till he eventually turned blue!

Popular Doraemon Gadgets

At the entrance of the expo, you will find the "Dokodemo Door", which allows you to travel anywhere simply by walking through the door. 

Dokodemo Door

The "Time Machine" is another popular gadget at the expo. I love how the psychedelic lights create the illusion that you are travelling through time and space.

Time Machine

 Anyone who has caught an episode of the Doraemon cartoon would find the "Hopter" familiar. 

I used to wake up early every Sunday morning just to catch Doraemon at 9.30 a.m. and the "Hopter" is one gadget that left the deepest impression on me. This bamboo propeller is meant to airlift you to safety but it looks more fun to me than anything else. I would love to be able to fly from one destination to the next just by attaching the "Hopter" to my head!


Want to take a peek at what everything looks like in a 100 years' time?  Place the "Future Glasses" in front of your eyes for a sneak preview!

Future Glasses

The "Air Cannon" creates a powerful burst of air that can easily knock out your enemy. All you have to do is attach it to your hand and say "Bang". Finally, here's a weapon that doesn't run out of bullets because it doesn't require any!

Air Cannon

Having difficulties memorizing your notes for tomorrow's exam or your speech for an important event? Here comes the "Memory Bread" to the rescue! Place the bread against whatever you need to memorize, and a special mechanism in the bread will store all the information required. Thereafter, eat up the bread and everything's stored in your memory! 

If only this exists in reality.  I would buy a loaf of this bread everyday.

Memory Bread

Want to experience a day in the life of a Lilliputian (for those of you who've read Gulliver's Travels)? You could jolly well fulfill your dream with the "Small Light", a device that shrinks people and objects.

The Small Light

Besides these popular gadgets, there many other interesting gadgets that double up as great photo backdrops.

Iconic Doraemon Scenes

Gadgets aside, a Doraemon expo will not be complete without iconic scenes from the anime. Here are some of the most unforgettable scenes in Doraemon:

1. The First Appearance of Doraemon

Doraemon first popped out of a drawer in Nobita's bedroom, catching him by surprise.

2. Nobita's Wedding

Doraemon fans would know that Nobita always had a thing for Shizuka. The pair did eventually end up together.

3. Nobita's Grandmother

The teddy bear in the photo below was a precious gift from Nobita's grandmother. Nobita found the teddy bear in his stash of old belongings and it reminded him of how much he missed his grandmother, hence he asked Doraemon to take him back to three years ago when his grandmother was still alive. 

4. Farewell between Doraemon and Nobita

5. Nobita's classroom

A new scene at the Doraemon expo, fans can expect to sit in Nobita's class, which comes complete with a teacher and blackboard.

Nobita's Friends

You'll also get to meet many of Nobita's friends during the expo.


The numerous photo-taking opportunities made the entire experience an engaging and interactive one. Suitable for all ages, the Doraemon expo provides a great opportunity for family bonding and for friends to get together. It was a fun-filled afternoon for all of us and we had a marvelous time snapping away. 

Much thanks and love also goes out to Janice for being my personal photographer this time!

Doraemon Cafe

And if you still haven't had enough of Doraemon, you can pop by the Doraemon Cafe located on Level 1 (Atrium) and Level 5 to try out Doraemon's favourite snacks!

 Many thanks to Alvin for sharing the cafe photos with us!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fashion Fridays: The Little Nude Dress

The little black dress has and always will be a wardrobe staple, but the often neglected little nude dress is just as timeless, don't you think? The personification of grace and sophistication, the little nude dress has a softer, gentler side that allows you to make a statement with understated elegance.

One wonderful aspect about this subtle hue is that it gives you free rein to play around with textures and layers. In this case, cascading ruffles are the main focal point of my little nude dress. Details like ruffles lend an inexplicably girly appeal to nude dresses.  On the contrary, imagine if the dress was in a darker shade like black. The striking colour coupled with ruffles would give the dress a more garish persona. If gaudy and overdone are adjectives that you would like to avoid, sticking to subtler shades would be your best bet.

To jazz up the plain colour palette, I threw on a pair of fierce animal print lace-up heels from Zara in a similar hue no less. Lace-up heels never fail to add a dose of edginess without compromising on femininity. 

To balance out the edginess, a touch of pearls in the form of earrings and an arm cuff were added to complete the ensemble.

Dress from Yuan (Far East Plaza)
Shoes from Zara
Clutch from Saint Laurent
Accessories from Chanel

This series of photographs was taken at Quayside Isle, one of only places in Singapore that reminds me of Sydney and instantly puts me in a holiday mood. Quality couple time, fresh air and outdoor activities that do not involve shopping malls, sprawling beaches and the beautiful harbour - these are just some of the things I miss. On a totally unrelated note, the one year we spent in Sydney created so many wondrous memories and personal development opportunities, both for us as a couple and for each of us as an individual.

What struck me the hardest was that work-life balance, an important aspect that Singaporeans value but strive so hard to achieve, seemed to come so naturally to those who live in Australia.  The one year in Sydney led me to realize that there is more to life than making a living.

Life used to be all about work for me. I used to be more negative and cynical, frequently complaining about how badly life was treating me. We all need to make a living, but more importantly, we need to create a life worth living for. That nagging thought gave me the impetus to pursue my passion for writing relentlessly, through blogging. 

I write a lot in the course of my work, but creative writing is a different ballgame altogether. Your vocabulary is wider, your sentence structures less restricted, and your thoughts are allowed to run wild, no holds barred. It excites my senses and stimulates every cell in my body. It makes me feel alive. And this is what keeps me going, day after day. 

I might write about fashion today, my travel escapades tomorrow and beauty products the following day, but every single word that is printed on this humble space comes straight from my heart. You cannot believe how thankful I am to each and every one of you out there who continue to read my ramblings, and I hope today's Fashion Fridays post would serve as a source of inspiration to you, beyond just fashion, to pursue your passion, live your dreams and bring meaning to your lives.

Have a great weekend ahead!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fashion: The Denim Shirt - A Wardrobe Staple

I have been under the weather for about a week and I am croaking like a toad now. Those of you who have interacted with me can probably attest to that. That also explains why I haven't been blogging as often as I ought to. Now that I'm a little better, I thought I'd squeeze in a fashion post to pique your interest. 

Have you read my previous post on denim dresses and how to look taller? My obsession with denim isn't over yet. Today's post is all about the denim shirt, another classic wardrobe staple. As incredible as this may sound, this is the first denim shirt that has successfully made its way into my bursting wardrobe. I have never been a fan of shirts as my petite size makes finding a fitting shirt just as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack.

My fairy godmother must have heard my constant pleas because I finally found the perfect denim shirt that fits me to a T at H&M (their size 32 fits me like a charm). The best part is, the material is relatively thin, which means you can wear out it in our humid weather without sweating buckets.

There are many ways to go about styling a denim shirt, and you'll definitely see me experimenting with different styles in time to come.

I was going for a more feminine look in this post, hence lace tiered shorts seemed like the best match. To keep the look clean and simple yet interesting, all I did was to add a touch of gold accents in the form of a belt and a whimsical clock bag.

Shirt from H&M
Shorts from Dip Drops (Japanese label)
Leather Loafers from Beijing (gift from Yitian)
Clock Bag from Taobao
Sunglasses from Marc by Marc Jacobs

These days, I find myself picking out classic wardrobe pieces, basics that will stand the test of time and can be worn again and again. Perhaps it's a sign of age or maturity? I still lust for the latest trends every once in a while, but my aim now is to build a classic wardrobe, one that will always be in style regardless of what is trending. You know what, I can almost hear my husband heave a sigh of relief!

A crisp white shirt, denim shirt, dark jeans, the little black dress, simple fitted t-shirts and vests in classic colours (black and white or stripes) are just some of my wardrobe staples. What about you? What do you consider as wardrobe staples?


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