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One of my all time favourite graffiti artist Bankksyny just created a really awesome work of art! Entitled “Sirens of the lambs” this live installation piece created quite a scene in New York as a slaughterhouse delivery truck with “live” sounds of animals stuck in the truck toured the meatpacking district of NY. You have to watch the video to appreciate the artwork.

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Isn’t this such a sad reality that so many meat eaters do not get? If animals had a chance to speak or voice out their pain, would people still bear to eat them when they are really just as cute as stuffed toys we all grew up with or loved when we were a child. Hopefully, this artwork raised the awareness of someone on the streets or those who watched it online.

Here are some of Banksy’s works I absolutely love too:

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A heart breaking and gorgeous photography series by Oscar Ciutat, CAGED is a photographic project that portraits the eyes of captive animals.

“The project started by chance back in 2008. I was visiting the local zoo, which I hadn’t been to in ages, and started taking pictures of the captive animals, just like everyone else was doing. My attention kept being drawn to their eyes, which, to me, seemed very sad, and I ended focusing my camera on them. I was intrigued by whether my impressions would be apparent to other people in the images. I wondered if that popular old saying, referring to humans, that goes “the eyes are the windows to the soul” could hold true for animals as well.”

“I saw deep in the eyes of the animals the human soul look out upon me.”
-Henry David Thoreau

DIY Fun- Eye Bombing

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I’m so happy it’s JUNE! We have been waiting with our eyes popped for our long stretch of holidays coming up really soon.When I saw this cool DIY site showing these images I can see our eyes and hearts dancing to the same beat. Did you even know there is a site dedicated to eyebombing?

Magnificent Feathers- Tamara Staples Photography

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Tamara Staples is the photographer behind these peculiar portraits of spectacular chickens. How awesome and magnificent do they look here! She was so blown away by the thousands of difference species after attending a poultry show. She now has a book specially dedicated to these chickens and is called The Magnificent Chicken: Portraits of the Fairest Fowl. We are beyond blown away and my favourite is the fluffy white one while Hubby Ro’s favourite is the second last one as it reminds him of the big bird in Sesame Street.

Flower Art- miss_etc on Instagram

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On instagram, there are so many talented folks creating art with their food! To us, Miss_etc have the most beautiful flower art we have ever seen and they are breathtakingly gorgeous and dreamy. On labour day, we thought it will be nice to dream silly thoughts and start the day with happy words and images.

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OMG! How cute is this…we’re definitely going to try this out at our next pot luck party. Whoever loses, finishes up all the fruits:)

Banana Curry & Moringa Tempura- Poison Ivy Bistro at Bollywood Veggies

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I was really excited and nervous today as I got a random last minute draw-a-thon for a photo shoot by my wedding stylist Melissa from Wonderland yesterday! By the way, they have the most gorgeous table settings and flowers in Singapore! She was looking for a sketch artist and none of my students could make it because they have lessons so I agreed to help her. I did some quick practices the night before as I’ve not touched water colours since secondary school.

Bright and early, I arrived at Bollywood Veggies where the shoot was held. I was tasked 2 drawings to complete. One was to draw on a whimsical and fun table setting on a mahjong paper and another for a stylish and fashionable setting. I absolutely loved the colourful table set up and it was so inspiring as I doodled little squirrels, rabbit, birds and an adorable fox and coloured them with water colour.

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For the fashion set up, Melissa was hoping to have some vogue fashion prints so I tried to render some vintage Vogue poster look alikes.

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We had a break in between and for lunch, I ate at Poison Ivy Bistro and had some really interesting food.

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First to arrive was Moringa Tempura $4.

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WOW! I have never eaten a plant tempura before and it was super yummy. I can’t even describe how good it was. The batter was crispy and went so well with the dark soya sauce provided. It tasted light and strangely I did not detect any raw grassy texture. I finished it up so fast. I cannot wait to bring Hubby Ro there to try this dish. The gardener also showed me how the plant looks like. I also found out that Moringa has so many amazing health benefits!

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Moringa oleifera is a little-known, and highly undervalued, “superfood” treasure with incredible potential to greatly improve health and eliminate hunger around the world. This whole food plant contains high amounts of protein, all eight essential amino acids, a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, and a plethora of phytonutrients and other powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.

What is particularly unique about Moringa is the fact that every part of the plant, including its bark, leaves, flowers, and roots serves a unique purpose in promoting human health. Its seeds, for instance, contain up to 40 percent of a non-drying, edible oil known as “Ben Oil” that is rich in antioxidants and similar in its nutritional profile to olive oil.

Perhaps the most utilized component of Moringa is its leaves, which can be dried and ground up into a nutrient-dense, tart-flavored powder. According to another report in the Manila Bulletin, Moringa powder contains seven times the amount of vitamin C typically found in oranges, four times the amount of vitamin A in carrots, 36 times the amount of magnesium in eggs, 25 times the amount of iron in spinach, 50 times the amount of vitamin B3 in peanuts, and 50 times the vitamin B2 in bananas.

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Next to arrive was the Papaya Salad $4. This was the most disappointing dish as it was quite tasteless. I was expecting something more sour and tangy. Although it was fresh and crunchy, I felt that the papaya did not have much seasoning to it but the edible flowers were a lovely touch.

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Initially I ordered the first two items and realized it was too light for lunch so I ordered a banana curry with brown rice $8.50. I was expecting a mushy and starchy curry. Instead the bananas tasted like potatoes and was not as creamy as I thought. It tasted a little sour actually and after a few mouthfuls the taste was so similar and had no kick as it was neither spicy or filled with more vegetable ingredients found in most curries. I heard from the staff that they use raw bananas in this dish.

The bistro only accepts cash and they do not charge GST or service charge.

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They are open Wed- Sun and Public Holidays from 9am-6.30pm and closed Monday and Tuesday.

Laser Food

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Chanced upon this site where artist Andrew Stellitano creates new dimension with technology and food. He is known for using laser machines to cut intricate patterns onto daily food and we find them breathtakingly beautiful.

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There was also another site here that created limited edition patterned seaweed sheets! I wonder if this novelty idea will ever kick off in the kitchen.

Daily Food- Dawn Tan from Handmade Love

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I’ve always had a girl crush on Dawn Tan from Handmade Love, an artist and art teacher extraordinaire who is currently based in Melbourne. Hubby Ro and I had the lovely opportunity to meet up with Dawn and her boyfriend Darren a couple of years back when we first visited Melbourne and we remember they were such a charming couple. Dawn’s work is witty, cheeky and so easy to relate. My favourite works from her are her larger than life ritz biscuits to marshmallow plastic bags to her daily water colour food paintings.

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What a new twist to food as art and boy are they so cool! It totally made my day when I saw Red’s artwork via this link. After checking out her website, I found out that she is super talented and she used teas and melted candles to create large-size life portraits as well. Not only that, she is as gorgeous as her art works. I believe that when you do things that is in touch with your surroundings you emanate a natural charm as well.

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