[SINGAPORE]: “A Galaxy of Moons & Stars” by The Gem Museum

The Gem Museum presents “A Galaxy of Moons & Stars”. If you ask me, I am completely clueless. Here is some background of the gems introduced by The Gem Museum during my visit.

Moonstone is the name given to the member of a feldspar group of gemstones. They are remarkable for their chatoyancy or adularescence (Glow or inner light). This effect is in the form of a white shimmer, similar to moonshine, caused by structural anomalies within the crystal formation.


Fine moonstone is quite rare. It is found in various locales including the United States but the finest and most abundant sources are in Burma, Sri Lanka and India. Moonstone’s body color can range from colorless to white, gray, brown, yellow, orange, green, or peach. But its beauty is in its sheen, which can be white to deep flame blue.

Star stones are part of a special group of phenomenal gems in the world of gemstones. These stones exhibit special optical phenomena, including asterism (star effect), color gradation (cat’s eye effect) adularescence (flickering light) and iridescence (rainbow effect).

Since these phenomenal gemstones are relatively rare they attract the attention of the collectors. In some cases, all or most of gems belonging to a particular species exhibit the phenomenon, as well as most moonstones exhibit adularescence for example. But in other cases the optical effect is seen only occasionally in a certain type of gemstone and these rare cases are of particular interest to the
collectors.

Asterism or star effect is an example of an optical phenomenon that is rarely found in a small number of precious stones cut as cabochons. The examples are the star sapphire and star ruby. But asterism can occur also in quartz, spinel, citrine, diopside, and garnet. The reason that asterism is so rare is that it is necessary the gem to contain inclusions of rutile needles that are arranged in a way as to reflect the light in a shape with many rays forming a star.

To allow festival-goers a better understanding of the beauty of these gemstones, the museum will also run a short presentation on reasons these gemstones appear to give off their characteristic moon-ish glow and starry brilliance when placed under light.

Taking place from 18 to 26 August 2017 (Closed on Sunday), admission to The Gem museum is FREE.

Visiting hours will be extended from 3pm to 10pm during the night festival and an exclusive collection of stunning moonstones and star stones will be made available for sale. Futhermore, festival-goers can also look forward to take home an exquisite piece of moonstone, star stone or any precious natural gemstone with just a $20 mystery dip!

For more information, please visit http://thegemmuseum.gallery/.


 

About The Gem Musuem
Founded on June 1 st 2015 by Ms. Loke Huiying and Mr. Tay Kunming, The Gem Museum is Singapore’s first and most comprehensive private gem museum open to the public. It aims to become the international platform that bridges the gemstone industry and the rest of the world.

The Gem Museum features a wide variety of gemstones and minerals from around the world. Besides being committed to showcase some of the world’s most precious and rare gemstones, it is a place where learning is highly favoured and relationship building within the industry is encouraged. Most of the gems and minerals on display belong to the private collection of Far East Gem Institute’s founder, Mr. Tay Thye Sun.

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[SINGAPORE]: Ju Hao @ Parkway Parade Social Square

Ju Hao is now available at Social Square, Parkway Parade. Newly introduced at Social Square, Parkway Parade on July 31st 2017. For those who do not know about Ju Hao, allow me to walk you through. Ju Hao fills your stomach with authentic Nothern Chinese cuisine.

Signature Ice Mint Yuzu Tea is da bomb! It is served in a small pitcher, with a content which value for money. Tastes refreshing and I love the combination of mint and yuzu!

It has a open-kitchen concept where you can have a view of “what’s brewing” in the kitchen. In this case, you will be able to witness the skillful team freshly hand make the signature steamed xiao long bao and continuously integrating local favourites like the Singapore Chilli Crab.

Here is a basket of xiao long bao, traditionally served in a small bamboo steaming baskets, locally known as xiao long in Chinese.

As an opening special, Ju Hao is offering 50% off for their freshly hand made xiao long bao (5pcs) with T&C applies. 

  • Original flyers must be presented to enjoy this promotion
  • This offer is valid till 30 Sept 2017
  • For dine-in only
  • Only  valid at Parkway Parade, Ju Hao #03-26

Also, you can always throw a corporate event or a family gathering at Social Square, as this venue is able to host about 160 pax to 180 pax.

For a change, you may opt for Chocolate Dumpling, tastes unique as it has a blend of Chinese and Western.

For those can’t live without rice, one of the best dish Ju Hao offers would be Prawn Fried Rice. Prawns taste fresh and the fried rice has the wok hei. Highly recommended for diners who dine alone or need a quick meal.

Triple Treasure Signature Noodle, served with beef brisket, sliced beef and shrimp & pork wanton.

 

Western Food

Aside from Chinese, diners are given the option to go for Western food too. 

  • John Dees Ribeye
    • Angus beef, grain fed 180 days, aged between 4-6 weeks. Super gold  Marbling, score 3 minimum, servied with hotstone plate
    • +1 side dish : +$3
    • +2 side dishes : +$5

 

Japanese Cuisine

  • Mango & Avocado Dragon Roll
    • Served with fried prawn wrapped in sushi rice with mango, avocado and fish roe

 

  • Sashimi Juu
    • Mixed sashimi, salmon roll, tamago, kani stick with sushi rice

 

Add: 80 Marine Parade Road #03-26 Parkway Parade (Singapore) 449269
Tel: +65 6348 7262
Opening Hours:
Sun-Thurs: 11.30am-10.00pm
Fri-Sat: 11.30am-10.30pm

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/juhaobymof
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mofgroup

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[PENANG]: The Memory Lane Mufe; Retroactive Museum & Cafe

Its always good to be home. Home means, so much of cafe hunting or perhaps exploring new cozy places for a gathering with friends and family. Stumbled on a nostalgic cafe which brings back much “back then” memories.

Back then, sundry shops look like this, where there are comic stands, biscuits and all other things which you can find in a small, compact shop.

The Memory Lane Mufe is a Retroactive Museum & Cafe, where you can dine in for a cup of kopi with toast and with a Retroactive Museum. It will cost RM5 per pax and here are some of the pictures to share.

Bet these are instagram worthy kinda pictures.  Well, if you are not afraid of the heat, you can always opt to sit outdoor. It does give you the nostalgic feel too 😉

 

 

Operation hours: 7:30am – 7:30pm
Contact: 04 229 3232
Address: 32, Jalan Service, 10050, Georgetown, Penang.
FREE WIFI 🙂 

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[Penang]: Entopia, Teluk Bahang

Entopia was formerly known as Penang Butterfly Farm before the major face-lift, to the current Entopia.

It turns into an open concept where. The brand new Entopia now has lesser caged animals. There are dining area as well as learning corner, for kids in enhancing their knowledge of a butterfly’s life cycle.

Friends of Entopia: Where visitors can sign up as a member. 
Enjoy these privileges as a member:

  • Unlimited entries to Entopia for 365 days.
  • A 15% discount on food and beverage at Tapestree.
  • A 15% discount on selected items at the Entopia Store.
  • A 15% discount on entrance ticket purchases.
  • Discounts to our Nature Learning Programmes
  • Exclusive and early invitation to our Nature Awareness events, programmes and activities.
  • Meet and join Entopians and other Friends at The Atlas.
  • Join hands with Entopians to participate in Nature Conservation
  • Free nature activity kit (worth RM35.00)
  • Exclusive access to the members only lounge, The Atlas with free Wifi, coffee and tea.
  • Priority ticket redemption at the Edu Helpdesk counter.
    Membership Plans Per Annum Fee
    Single Adult MYR188.00
    Single Senior Citizen MYR108.00
    2 Adults + 1 Child MYR368.00
    2 Adults + 2 Children MYR398.00
    2 Adults + 3 Children MYR468.00

Tickets can be purchased online: ONLINE TICKETING depending on the day you will drop by. For those who are holding MYKAD, you will get to enjoy Special MYKAD rate at 10% off Normal Price. Note that you have to purchase your tickets 3 days in advance to be entitled for the discount. Aside from the Special MYKAD rate:

Entopia offers Penang Kia Day!

  • Enjoy Adult tickets at RM39 and Child tickets at RM23.
  • Promo is applicable for Penang residents on Wednesday only (inclusive of public holidays and school holidays).
  • Promo is applicable for WALK-IN only and proof of identification MUST be presented at the ticketing counters for verification purposes.
  • Not valid with other on-going promotions, offers, group purchases, events or functions.
  • Offer valid until 31 December 2017.

 

ADDRESS: 830 JALAN TELUK BAHANG, 11050 PENANG, MALAYSIA
PHONE: (604)-8888-111
EMAIL: INFO@ENTOPIA.COM

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5 Kicks You’ll Get Out Of Traveloka Hotel Booking

Booking hotels can be a huge hassle, from filtering for a reasonable price, to a strategic location, to a decent hotel to call home for a couple days. “Home away from home” fits in seamlessly when we can book a hotel online best with no physical interaction!

The million-dollar question arises when you are left with limited time to source for cheap hotels. Looking for hotels aren’t at all an easy task when it’s the first time visiting the place. Knowing not what to expect as pictures online can be deceiving and disappointing at the same time. To ease and cope with day to day life, Traveloka comes handy when you can conveniently conduct your hotel-hunt much easier than expected as it contains reviews and hotels are easy-to-book.

  1. Hotels are everywhere

Planning a trip? Well, we should do all the fundamental work; mainly hotel and flights, best when both comes cheap. This can be pretty taxing. Having said that, Traveloka will come handy as a one-stop-center dominating the Southeast Asia network for serving flight routes and hotel accommodations. With Traveloka, you will be able to find thousands of hotels available in a single destination furnished with short reviews and pictures of the insides of the rooms on each hotel complete with list of utilities and services offered by every hotel you can find near where you will be visiting. Importantly, the access to the exact price of the offers to avoid any hidden charges or charges which you may not be aware of prior to reservation. This is one of the key information which many other hotel booking sites deprive of.

2. What you see is what you will get

Its when “pictures are for illustration purposes only”. This is the point when you are unsure of what a hotel is or will be offering. Traveloka will play its part here. All the items listed mainly on hotel facilities and amenities in the respective hotels will be what you have opt for. Certain hotels provide breakfast meal while others do not. Certain hotels provide extra bed or pillows for free while others can be provided based on terms and condition or additional charges. Certain hotels contain private beaches while others would have to settle with public beaches several walks or drives ahead. These differences are sometimes left out from the customer’s knowledge by omitting it from the information details.

  1. Varieties make the world go round

We love options, be it a different kind of mix from price to location to amenities of a hotel offers. Traveloka fits in when it takes charge of your preference, by suiting your travel needs. Traveloka provides a wide range of varieties; need a gym or swimming pool to burn some calories after stuffing tons of food from the trip? Having the pool overseeing the sunset by the beachside? Traveloka helps in taking into consideration of the different traits each person is and the expectation of the traveler.

Want to spend some lone time finding peach in yourself? The wide varieties provided by Traveloka give you a chance to go for one that suits your preferences.

  1. Cheap stay, top class services

Cheaper can be better because you will never know what you pay for until you step your feet at the hotel. Mainstream mindset will tell us that there will not be top class services which comes with a cheap price. However, cheap prices that comes with top class services exists! All you need to do is spend a little time putting on your scouting hat to hunt as Traveloka provides one of the cheapest hotels.

Besides the best hotel deals Traveloka offers, it also comes with top-notch services at amazingly cheap prices. You have to gear up to hunt for the deals. Well, Traveloka offers deals for hotels, what is a trip without good deals for cheap flight ticket (eg Malaysia Airlines tickets) ? Yup, Traveloka is up for it too.

  1. Simple, safe and secure

Booking with Traveloka is straightforward. The plain manner process is guides you to search for the relevant hotels and its offers. Topping up to that, Traveloka is diligent in maintaining the security system for all their site transactions and data transmission purposes. Feel safe using Traveloka!

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