When Artbox Comes To Singapore: What to Do and What to Expect


ARTBOX Singapore is finally here in Singapore and it officially opened on Friday to much fanfare. Artbox originates as a pop-up creative market in Bangkok, housed in giant mobile containers.

CONTAINERS EVERYWHERE: The original Artbox in Thailand. (Image: Bangkok Magazine)

The news for the local event was released near the end of last year and many Singaporeans (and myself too) were looking forward towards it. Many people were talking about it and planning to jio their kakis down for a ‘Bangkok experience’ without having to pay a single air ticket fee.

Apart from bringing the ‘container market’ concept to Singapore (although containers played a bare minimal role in the setup because “getting the entire event to be fully decked out in shipping containers is (logistically) impossible“), it serves not only as a new event-based tourist attraction, but also to provide a platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their works. There is no surprise when you realised almost all of the stall vendors looks really young. (There’s also no surprise when you realised the majority of the crowd to visit the pop-up market are youngers.)

For those who are planning to head there this coming week (April 21-23) – the last weekend of the event – be prepared to squeeze through the crowds. With all the marketing done right, the opening day of the container market saw an overcrowding situation happening, and visitors were basically brushing shoulder-to-shoulder. That is the most crowded pasar malam I’ve ever been too since the CNY market in Chinatown during the Chinese New Year period.



I’ve taken a shot each at 5pm, 6.30pm and 7pm (just take the timing as a rough guide because I don’t remember exactly what time I took the photos but obviously during different timings) to document the building up of the crowd size.

 

 


Despite there being not many Thai delights being sold, to the disappointment of some people, most of the food and beverages stalls were all filled with long queues in front of them. Some of the queues even seem to converge to the point where you don’t know who is queuing for which stall and who is just trying manoeuvre their way through the crowds. So in all seriousness, expect a lot of people and pray that the weather is cooling (not wet or humid weather condition because it will surely be a major turning off point for many of us).

For those who are want to experience Artbox because, like me, we haven’t travelled to Bangkok for the ‘authentic experience’, I shall introduce some of the highlights of the market so that you won’t need to queue at every single stall – you are going to spend 80% of the time queuing and being stuck in the crowd anyway.

1) Dragon Breath


This dessert featuring some sort of biscuit dipped in liquid nitrogen is gaining popularity among hipsters Singapore and there is no surprise this is coincidentally one of the main reasons visitors and flocking to Artbox for. It is difficult to squeeze walk through the crowd without spotting at least a few visitors exhaling smoke through their mouth and/or nose. No, there are not smoking or liable to a $200 fine, those ‘smoke’ are actually nitrogen.

In fact, it is so much in demand that more than one stalls are selling it (just like how there are always more than one honey-glazed chicken chop stalls at your neighbourhood pasar malam).

The colourings of the biscuits definitely added some artistic elements to the dessert.

Look at how ecstatic these girls were when they got their hands on a cup of Dragon Breathe.
 
DAMAGE: S$6/cup
 

2) Coconut Soft Serve



If there is one thing that you shouldn’t miss out, especially when you are on this tropical island, that’ll be a soft serve. Soft serve is the perfect dessert in Singapore, anytime and anywhere. But what makes this soft serve from Cocoloco special is that it is being served in a coconut, and a small flower added on top of it as a topping provide a perfect tropical finish to the dessert.



Given that their service is faster than most of the other stalls around (from my personal experience, unless they need to replenish their stocks), this will definitely be the stall to go to if you want to save time. I wouldn’t say “No” to soft serve anyway.

Damage: S$5/coconut

3) Fresh Fruit Juice

 

 


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These Instagram-worthy looking bottles of juices reflected that we are also seeking for the aesthetic aspect in food and beverages apart from their taste. The colourful looking beverages are attracting a lot of visitors to flock to their stalls for some very good reasons but remember to get it fast because they ran out of stock when I was there – on the first day.
 

4) Thai Milk Tea

 

 

 


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Why miss out on Thai Milk Tea when you are visiting a creative market which ideas originates from Thailand? There are quite a number of beverages stall that are selling these TMT but get ready to queue at every single stall because no one wants to miss out on these cups of savoury.


5) Gluten-free Snacks


Spot for our vending machine (in her new clothes) at Artbox Singapore tmr! We’ve dressed her up just for you. 😉 p.s….
Posted by Boxgreen Singapore on Thursday, 13 April 2017

 

For healthy-eating and health-conscious wannabes, there are actually a store for you to visit amidst all those not-really-healthy-yet-irresistible food. You can visit Boxgreen’s booth, which is easily recognisable with its distinguishable vending machine.

 


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With the snacks readily available, you can save on the time queuing up and grab some healthier options to curb your hunger before heading to the other stalls. You see, you can snack while waiting for your other food/drinks to be ready. Good idea right?


6) Chill with Chang Beer


For those who don’t want to make your way through the crowds, you can still enjoy the event by chilling at the Chang Beer booth with your friends (actually by yourself also can). The double-decked container booth gives you a very good view of the rest of the creative market and you can probably sit by the metal railings while watching the rest of the population manoeuvring through the market. But then again, you’ll find more angmohs there because we Singaporeans have a different idea for chilling.
If you are a DBS/POSB cardholder, you will have an additional place to chill out at. You will have access to the DBS Live Fresh zone, which is a super chill area to hang out with your friends amidst all the hustle and bustle. Furthermore, for the first 50 tertiary students (universities and polytechnics) per day to flash their student passes and DBS/POSB card at the zone will receive a special Artbox tote bag.
Of course, DBS is also running a Facebook contest to give out Artbox goodie bag (worth over S$30). So head over to their Facebook page to find out more!

Think you have what it takes to score this special Artbox Singapore tote bag? If you are fast enough, take up the DBS…
Posted by DBS Bank. Living, Breathing Asia on Saturday, 8 April 2017

Here, I shall end of this post with two group photos. HEHE.

Sparks & Chill

(Image: Screenshot from Sparks Mini-Series)
 
While waiting for your next job (aka army – yes I am going to enlist soon) means that you have a lot of time on hand. Okay, not really but no doubt that I am more in control of my time as compared to previously (although my schedule is still packed af). Apart from my eat, sleep, shit, exercise, and read routine, I took some time to watch videos – like films and dramas.
 
And from that screenshot above, you know what kind of film genre I am into.
 
ROMANCE.
 
(Image: Lovethispic)
 
However, this drama (or mini-series) that I watched recently wasn’t a drama on romance. Well, at least it’s not the main point in the storyline. Romance fits into any genre perfectly, and romance definitely will catch the attention of people like me who hopelessly indulges in the world of fantasy.
 
(Image: DBS Hong Kong)
 
SPARKS is a mini-series by DBS. It is an industry-first mini-series that follows a group of young bankers as they navigate work and personal lives. 
 
 
The personal life part for the female lead, Claire Lee (played by Jamie Ha), and the male lead, Jasper Wu (played by James Yang), is more drama than a Channel 8 Drama. Look at the screenshots above and you’d thought this was some English remake of a typical Taiwanese idol drama.
 
Since SPARKS is a mini-series, means that one won’t need to spend a lot of time watching the entire drama. And since the latest episode was being released just last month, I could actually spend no less than an hour binge-watching the entire series. Yup, there are 6 episodes and each has an average duration of around 8 minutes.
 
 
I’ll always have a habit of eating while watching my dramas and there’s no exception this time, even though the running time may be less than an hour. But hey, many drama-watchers will surely agree with me that eating/snacking while catching up on your shows just enhance the entire experience – it activates all your senses.
 
 
Always wanted to try the GRUB restaurant near my house and I remember how enticing it was whenever I ran past that place during my runs. So might as well call for delivery since Deliveroo can help to deliver. I asked for the delivery before I reached home so that I do not need to wait too long for the food to arrive before I can start on the show.
 
 
Shouldn’t be eating in bed but well, at least I made sure that my bed sheet does not get stained.
 
 
Perfect (late) dinner with a nice drama. While others “Netflix and Chill”, it was “Sparks and Chill” for me.


Obviously chilling.


For every drama I’ve watched, I always look out for things that I could learn from it and there is no exception this time round as well.


Through this mini-series, DBS hopes to convey the true meaning of banking, and to challenge the perception that banking is only about transactions. This reflects the bank’s commitment to understand what matters in life, and integrate banking seamlessly with everyday living. 




This is my favourite quote from the entire series. I like every aspect of doing business, and who doesn’t like to earn more money? But then again, there is something much more important and irreplaceable than money and that is humanity and life. While doing business, there are times we have to be tough, but there are also times when we have to “let life take charge”. 


Business and banks alike, I think it’s important to put profits aside in some circumstances, go forward and do your best to help your customers and clients. You’ll never know when these acts of humanity will result into something much better. (You will understand what I am talking about when you watch the series.) From what I know, DBS believes in going the extra mile for customers so that they can achieve their dreams and get more out of life. To make things happen, while leaving them with time and space to do what matters the most. To me, that’s really very good gesture .


Here is the synopsis for each episode:
 
In this pilot, Claire Lee, a relationship manager, is introduced to cocky, Oxford-educated Jasper Wu, her new colleague. Sparks fly when they meet. A reluctant Claire is asked to show Jasper around, and then to visit a potential client together.
 
A potential client, Lindsay, is in a predicament. Claire and Jasper get to know each other a litter better, and evaluate Lindsay’s plan with the rest of the team. Will they manage to successfully solve Lindsay’s issue?
 
The team manages to help Lindsay secure her loan, but an unforeseen development throws them off and tests them further. The young bankers hatch a plan to solve the new issue, but with big player in the way, will they be able to win over their community?
 
A new boss and an old acquaintance set Team DBS on a new mission. When an unexpected situation tests their mettle, they must dig deep and find their worth.
 
An impossible decision threatens to tear the bankers apart. And in their quest for the ultimate solution, they found something more valuable than they ever imagined.
 
The bankers embark on an incredible journey. Together, they challenge traditions and work to change the future of an entire village. Will they prevail?


Since launching in February 2016, SPARKS Episodes 1-5 and their trailers have altogether garnered more than 42 million views and over 1.7 million digital engagements across the region.


For the first time, we are going to have a GIVEAWAY! I know you guys also want to order Deliveroo and as my followers, you’ll get to double your winnings! We are going to give away 2 x S$30 Deliveroo credit that will be credited into your Deliveroo account so that you can also dine from the comfort of your home! 

Simple follow the following steps:
1. Like my Facebook page and DBS’s Facebook page.
2. Like and Share my post (the original post).

[Blog Updated and Giveaway!] Stand a chance to win S$30 Deliveroo credit! Simply: 1. “Like” Eddy Chua and DBS Bank….

Posted by Eddy Chua on Thursday, 13 April 2017

 

3. Watch Sparks mini-series all at one go and take a photo that shows us how you enjoy SPARKS with your favourite binge-watching snack.

4. Head over to https://www.facebook.com/dbs.sg/videos/1311183795662533/ and leave your entry as a comment. (Remember to tag me @Eddy Chua so that I know you’ve participated!)

What are Adrian Pang and Nathan Hartono up to these days? We hear they are busy binge-watching the DBS SPARKS…
Posted by DBS Bank. Living, Breathing Asia on Thursday, 13 April 2017

Now get going! Contest ends 30 April, 2017 (Sunday) at 2359! The lucky winner will be announced the next day! Really, you won’t regret watching the mini-series.

From Ah Pang To Sir


18 March
It was a rainy afternoon, the downpour seems to dampen the mood of everyone who was on their way to watch the graduating parade. The sky was already turning dark as the 5 of us – Yujing, Meiqi, Wanqing, Weihao and I – made our way to the ‘far east’ from the north-eastern part of Singapore to watch one of B. Pang’s best moments in life.

By the time we reached Boon Lay, the rain started pouring and we were forced to wait by the bus stop opposite of SAFTI. It was nearing the start of the parade and the rain seems to subside a little, so we shared 3 umbrellas among us and made our way across the road.

Despite having only 3 tickets on hand, we tried to see if we could get 5 of us into the parade venue. Unfortunately, to no avail. We discussed quickly at the gates before it was decided that Qing, YJ and I go for the parade.

As we passed through the gates, we hopped onto one of the shuttle buses which brought us to ‘Leaders Square’.

We tried so hard before we could finally spot Pang.


I know you couldn’t see him, so I tried to zoom in with the camera.


There you go, the one nearest to the centre of the photo.

As the parade ended, we made our way into the parade square to look for him. His parents and other friends were already there.


What a touching moment as he embraces his mum, with his dad at behind them.


Mr. Pang was the photographer of the day. HAHAHA.


The sky looked damn pretty please.




The three of us took a selfie while Pang was busy socialising. HAHAHA. Damn I took damn terrible in selfies. 

Meanwhile, the other two – WH and MQ went to play pool I think. HAHAHA.


After everything ended, Pang and his parents went for this catered dinner while the three of us went to have dinner at Fairprice Hub. All of us then meet up at Upper Thomson for some booze. Weifang joined us after her stuffs as well.

It was a great ending to the night.