Shades of Peranakan


With a history dated as far back as 1900s, the Peranakan Association today is run by a group of passionate volunteers. The original association was the Straits Chinese British Association (SCBA), formed on 17 August 1900 with Baba Tan Jiak Kim as its president. Today, the Peranakan Association (Singapore) regularly organises events, talks and other functions to engage fellow Peranakans and to spread the unique Strait Chinese culture to anyone who is curious to get a taste of truly Singapore.

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I was privilege to be given the opportunity to contribute to the official publication of the Peranakan Association. The Peranakan is a quarterly magazine by the association that covers from lifestyle to recipes. The theme for April / May 2013 was fashion, I had an enjoyable time interviewing two up-and-coming young local designers who infuses shads of Peranakan into their fashion.

Kae Hana The Label by Kae Hana who is graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts, current own a corner at PARCO Marina Bay and has recently launched her second collection so make sure you check them out.


The other designer, Jen Su, is the owner of SpunkPunkFunk which I had mentioned previously in my earlier post. Besides owning her own fashion studio, Jen also does make-up, styling, photography and consultation. So in fact SpunkPunkFunk is an one-stop service center for those looking for the witty look with a personal charm.

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Having fun with fashion blogger, Issac Ritz ( after interviewing Jen Su at her shop in Plaza Singapura.

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For more information about the Peranakan Association (Singapore), please visit their website

Do check out Kae Hana The Label Facebook page or visit her corner at PARCO Next Next (PARCO Marina Bay, level 2, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596).

Jen Su’s SpunkPunkFunk is located at The Cathay, #01-15, Singapore 229233 (near the 7-Eleven store) and remember to check out the many spunky styling photos on her Facebook page.

INIT – the Future of Mobility

November, 8: The world’s leading supplier of integrated telematic solutions for public transport is now in Asia!

Founded 1983 in Karlsruhe, Germany INIT has become the leading supplier of integrated telematics and fare collection systems worldwide. Besides its headquarter office in Karlsruhe, INIT is also represented in several European countries, the United States, Canada, UAE, Australia and now in Singapore.

With the opening of the local subsidiary in Singapore, INIT aims to serve the specific needs of the public transport industry in the Asia Pacific region.


INIT’s integrated approach has successfully delivered more than 400 projects for more than 300 satisfied customers in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Christchurch (New Zealand), Montreal (Canada), New York City (USA), Stockholm (Sweden), Tasmania (Australia), Vienna (Austria) and other cities around the globe.

With over 30 years of research and development, the leading supplier in integrated telematic solutions and fare collection introduces the MOBILE concept. MOBILE is a modular but fully integrated range of products for all key tasks of public transportation.

  • Planning and dispatching
  • Operations Control and Real-Time Passenger Information
  • Ticketing and Fare Management
  • Analyzing and Optimizing Operations

For more information about INIT Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd

German Centre for Industry and Trade Pte Ltd

25 International Business Park

#02-10 German Centre

Singapore 609916

Tel: 6562 8031


Samsung comes Under One Roof

Do you know that there is a place in town where you can experience the wide range of products that Samsung Electronics is offering?

The first Samsung Experience Corner at Challenger, Funan DigitaLife Mall, seeks to provide us with an access to all of Samsung’s products under one roof. Under this retail collaboration, now we can enjoy interactive hands-on experience from smart PCs to smartphones, tablets to notebooks, plus printers, monitors and cameras.

“We are excited to provide a new level of customer experience and our new retail front will enable consumers to enjoy and try our latest innovative devices in the heart of Singapore’s IT shopping haven. This new retail outlet is part of our vision to create deeper engagements with consumers in dedicated and conducive spaces,” said Irene Ng, Vice President of Marketing, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd.

Loo Pei Fen, Group Marketing Director of Challenger Technologies Limited, said: “Challenger is proud to partner Samsung in showcasing their latest products across multiple product categories at our flagship megastore. This will be the go-to place for consumers in Singapore when they think of Samsung.”

Midnight Supper with iN988

Have you ever wonder what happens behind the screen before VJs go ‘live’ on air? I was privileged to receive a personal invitation from VJ Roger Poon of for a backstage tour of the studio and to appear ‘live’ on the Midnight Show!


I arrived at Textile Centre around 11.30pm. Most of the tenants in the mall had already closed for the day. Under the dim lights, I crossed over the queue poles and walked up the escalator to level 2 where the studio was located.


Roger was busy giving instructions to his technician and didn’t realized I was there. A quick call to Christina to check on her location to find out that she would be reaching in 15 minutes.


I would expect the VJs to be panicking and running around for the final preparation, but all three of them were more concern over supper than applying make-up.


Christina and husband arrived 5 minutes before the start of the show. And our three VJs the Midnight Enigma (aka Roger), Midnight Transformer and Midnight Messanger magically appeared in full glory for the Midnight Show.


The Midnight Show happening every Friday from 12 midnight till Saturday morning 2 am is a light hearted entertainment. Every week, the three VJs will share on the latest happening and often interesting personality will appear as guests on the show.


We started the night on the controversial personality of Hong Kong’s naked chef Flora Cheung. Our topic quickly diverted into the opening of Legoland before the Midnight Engima got Christina and me to share our experiences as lifestyle bloggers.


The VJs took very good care of us, feeding us with yummy supper. Through this experience, I realized that it’s not easily being the face of an internet ‘live’ show, the VJs work very hard to come out creatively with interesting contents for the audience.


Certainly, hope there’s a chance for me to appear in front of the camera or on air to present my own show in future!


Many thanks to the VJs at for hosting us. Remember to ‘like’ their Facebook page! 🙂