Art from the Heart–HeART Studio

I like the description of HeART Studio on their website.  “There is no RIGHT or WRONG in art but to allow our children to be special and create their special drawings with their heart”  Rena Chew – Founder of HeART Studio P5235234 My boy comes home from school with drawings often in weird colors. A rabbit in purple (his old favourite color), a giraffe in brown (his current fav color) or a robot in rainbow hues (i.e. he probably got impatient and just doodled all over).

Xi En is not a fan of drawing nor painting. It takes a lot of patience to sit down and complete an art piece; something which he is in much training of. But it’s very fine with me when he comes home with an orange tortoise drawing simply because he found out that red and yellow produces ORANGE color! I believed HeART Studio aims to expound on the innate creativity in the little ones and adults alike!  I was totally wowed by some art works on display at the premise. These were done by really young children! combined 1 And so, after donning make-up and baking cakes, SMB continued it’s 1st birthday celebration by showing up in the quiet corner of Thomson area; this time to paint like Vincent Van Gogh. Erm.. try to replicate his famous sunflower art piece I meant. The opportunity to experience acrylic painting on canvas is exciting to me! I had always wanted to try that in school but during my time.. the medium we used then were mostly only crayons and watercolors! The 2 teachers – Elma and Syafiq – are affable people and coached us systematically how to recreate our very own Van Gogh pieces. Throughout the 2 hour + session, they were very encouraging and patient with us mummies. P5235134 We were at a loss on how to start. I almost considered putting the print-out behind the canvas and trace it out! No – I didn’t do just that. But followed our teachers’ instructions we did…. some in more elaborated or relaxed poses than others: Pamela who blogs at Tan Family Chronicles: Can always count on her for this kind of shots! P5235170 And the “shake-legs” painter: Name cannot be mentioned here as per instructions. (can’t really see her face ya). “) P5235174 Step by step, we did the outline, choose our own colors, used Van Gogh’s signature short, quick strokes and finished off the painting with a layer of protective lacquer. P5235167 P5235181 P5235187 P5235245 P5235253 Honestly, it’s far from therapeutic for me as some mummies had described! I needed a massage after the session because of a stiff neck and sore back! But it’s quite an achievement to finish off something that looked like sunflowers! I left the place; proud of my master piece only to scrutinise it at home and started wondering why was there a mutant stalk sticking onto another stalk in my painting…. #_# Oh well! Art is different to individuals . No right or wrong heh. 😛 Our kind sponsor for this art experience – HeART Studio – offers classes for adults (2 to start off) and specialises in the on-going children classes for 3 to 12 years old. More information can found on their website. combined 2

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MUSEO

Invited Review 

First thing first –  if there is nothing you remember after reading this post, just need to remember this:

The beverages here are excellent!

We had 2 of the recommended drinks in the extensive menu. You probably need 10 mouths and 10 afternoons (or more!) to try all the beverages on the menu!

I fell in love with the Cold Lychee Fruit Tea. With the hot and humid weather, it’s a perfect choice. In fact, I ordered another Cold Pomelo Fruit Tea at the end of the meal just because.

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Kim had one of the Speciality Dietary Cocktail: Thyme And Grape (comes with unfiltered sake!). How pretty heh!

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The same folks behind Arteastiq set up MUSEO (pronounced as ‘MOO-ZAY-O’) which means museum in Italian. Nested in an exquisite niche in Quayside Isle in Sentosa Cove, this is a preferred choice for a special treat or the visiting friends in town or simply for a leisure afternoon/evening. Located next to the bobbing yachts, it’s a relaxing sight while you dine and sip away.

Though marketed as a fine dining place, MUSEO is well-known by now as a place where you can also dress down and stretch your legs out on the cosy day beds provided strategically facing the marina (which is what we did!). 

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There are various seating options available. Be it at the chaise lounge chairs or the private dining room or the high bar stools in the (sheltered) alfresco area; there will be a suitable choice for all.

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Dining proper: We were treated to a gastronomy adventure.

MUSEO opens its doors in the early afternoon and thus adeptly, it came up with a “Mezzanine” concept menu. Little bites are creatively presented in “Dine-In-A-Cup”. It’s a conspiracy to tease the taste buds I say. A winning conspiracy I think! These little pretty ones won’t fail to impress. You can choose the Mezzanine Signatures which are mainly your local favourites with a twist OR you can customise your own set; which is what we did.

Our choices:

Joys of Life – Smoked Roast Pork Belly served with Hot Sauce (I could eat the fatty belly meat with the crispy roasted portions! In normal circumstances, I won’t waste my calories on the fatty portion. However, it’s probably best to get the less charred portions as some parts can be a tad dry)

Smile of Mona Lisa – Deep Fried Camembert Cheese served with Cranberry Sauce (Kim loved this. But I prefer my cheese in their original state)

Picasso’s Blues – Deep Fried Prawns flavoured with Lavender (This is a winner with a faint tint of lavender and succulent huge prawns)

Three Musicians – Soft Shell Chilli Crab served with Sweet and Savory Tomato-Chilli Sauce (Tough to go wrong with this local favourite sauce minus the hassle of cracking hard shells! We loved this!)

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A close up on my favourite “Three Musicians”

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We also sampled a Smoked Salmon Fine Asparagus with fresh greens and honey mustard dressing.

Ingredients are fresh and dressing suited to a T – what more to ask for in a salad. Maybe a bigger portion? 😛

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Next up are the MAINS (Entrees).

Portions are reasonably sized given that most people might order a Mezzanine set before the main courses.

Kim choose the Grilled NZ Angus Rib Eye of Beef (240gm). It’s served with red wine sauce, baby potatoes, fine beans and grilled tomatoes.  Medium-rare is the best way to savour this piece of meat – melts in the mouth with a few bites. Kim gave this 2 thumbs up!

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My choice is the Pan Roasted Cod Fillet. It’s a piece of smooth cod fillet with baked scallop in its shell served with onion relish and mushroom risotto.

The cod is delicately prepared with no strange fishy smell but I found it a little too plain. Perhaps I am inclined towards a bolder taste bud. It did go well after I took it with the mushroom risotto topped with cheese chunks.

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For the sweet endings, we choose the Yuzu Gelato and one of the highly recommended signatures – Vodka Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Gelato.

The icy Yuzu Gelato is a welcome reprieve in the afternoon heat but it’s possibly quite ordinary. Honestly I was a little disappointed with the run-of-the-mill taste. Or maybe I should manage my expectations. I meant how much can ice-cream differ store to store.

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Thankfully, the dainty Vodka Chocolate Lava Cake did meet our expectations though. This is my must-order in most restaurants.

MUSEO got it right with a faint hint of Vodka filled molten centre which oozes out to make us a little drunk and ended the meal on a high.

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MUSEO prides itself on The MUSEO Experience. It emphasizes on the entirety of experience.  With that motto in mind, it also provides an opportunity for “Art Jamming”. As the term implies, customers are provided a canvas, unlimited acrylic paint and brushes to “art jam” away. There is a current promotion where one can paint for free with every $20 spent on dining. Just pay $20 more if you want to bring your master art piece home. It can be therapeutic or stressful depending on what company is with you on that day!

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More of their current promotions:

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A picturesque view of the marina; a leisurely after/before meal walk down it’s berth – MUSEO is strategically located for a well worthy visit!

Do swing by and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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Details:

MUSEO

31 Ocean Way

#01-22 Quayside Isle

Singapore 098375

Tel: 67348066

http://mu-se-o.com/

Disclaimer: We were invited for a complimentary food tasting session at MUSEO. No monetary compensation is received. All opinions and photos belong to writer of this blog.

Thankful Tuesday–Occasions in photos

April to early May is always a busy time in the family.. lots of celebrations.

Instead of an essay; believed pictures suffice to capture the moments. Oh, food gatherings are my favourite form of gatherings. 🙂

April 29: Our Wedding Anniversary

P.S Cafe: We choose the outlet at Ann Siang Hill. A place we don’t want can’t bring the kids.

Lovely black & white decor with great (sinful) food & my favourite date pudding with toffee topped with vanilla bean ice-cream.

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May 3rd – My Birthday

Birthday treat from younger bro & sister-in-law: I chose to try the value-for-money Japanese buffet at Chizo Zanmai.

Osaka-type of family cuisine. Comfort food with some hits & misses.

But probably not worth paying for the dinner which includes sashimi. I would head back for weekday lunch at $14.90++/pax.

They are nice not to charge my toddler who ate peanuts-worth-of-a-buffet.

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Kim bought back a chocolate truffle cake from Cedele – one of my favourite places to take away birthday cakes.

3 big candles but I am not 30 years old. He said a woman after 30 shouldn’t reveal her age. Errm… I thought I should aged gracefully?

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May 12th: Mother’s Day

4 years of motherhood; this is the first year Xi En seemed to grasp a little concept of Mother’s Day. Not enough to let me sleep in till 10am or make me breakfast in bed (yet).

But his school surely knew what mummies want. We mummies have a soft spot for this sort of things:

A hand-made clay pendant necklace which each kiddo took turns to present to their mummies coupled with lots of hugs and kisses.

Xi En told me a few days before the school Mother’s Day tea party that he has a surprise for me. He was looking high and low in his bag but couldn’t find “the surprise”.

I told him he got to wait till Mother’s Day tea party in school. 😛

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We listened to a heart-warming kids’-shrieking Mother’s Day song and planted a garden to bring home:

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My first photo with my two precious boys – Mother’s Day at church:

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Loving mummyhood ever so much – poo,booger,tears,hugs and kisses – all of them. It’s a precious gift from God which I have a love-hate relationship with at times.

But God makes all things beautiful in His time. Thankful for His gift of motherhood. 🙂

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