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Tokyo-Cinderella-Dolls-EDMThe cast and crew of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls came to town at the start of the new year and here we are to take you through the best moments of the evening.

IMG_4967The exhibition launched to a private reception on 7 Jan and took off where the two dolls from Karin Shikata’s photographic journey in Tokyo “came to life”, re-enacted their time in Tokyo and gave a full theatrical performance, engaging both guests and staff!


With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

With ex-performers of the Takarazuka Revue Studio and hair and make up stylist Misa Ujii

Models Mirei Uchida, Yu Ranma and Japanese photographer Karin Shikata were all ex-performers at Takarazuka Revue, a 100 year old all-female musical theatre troupe in Japan.

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

Karin (with bouquet), with models, make up artist and guests

And the night started off with a cocktail aperitif, Tokyo Breeze, specially concocted by a member of staff.

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop's Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda and Vodka!

Tokyo Breeze. A cocktail made with Citizen Pop’s Lemon & Thyme Fresh Fruit Soda, triple sec & vodka

While we browsed around the exhibition, we discovered a photograph of the dolls eating Takoyaki! A very popular Japanese snack both in Japan and in Singapore.

Eating their way through in Tokyo with something fun and familiar - Takoyaki!


Chef Joseph and his team at SPRMRKT went along with the Japanese theme to create their own version of a Takoyaki out of fried risotto (otherwise known in Italy as arancini), worcestershire sauce and bonito flakes! This was featured with a Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw, Fried Chicken Wrap and Corn & Crab Chawanmushi.

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Arancini with Worcestershire Sauce & Bonito Flakes; Grilled Teriyaki Pork Bao with Coleslaw; Fried Chicken Wrap

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Corn & Crab Chawanmushi

Even the dolls couldn’t resist tucking into these! 🙂


Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera for tucking into some food :)

Feeling a little bashful from getting caught by our camera 🙂

But the evening could not have been more entertaining with the guests who came, ate, drank, talked about Japan, food and art to a curated soundtrack of Japanese electronic house and pop music!


Gallery owner Stephanie Tham introducing a guest to the exhibition


Food quickly came and went!


Models with artist Karin

Models with artist Karin


Music Writer for JUICE


And some might say the real highlight of the evening was when one of the dolls started feeding our guests and shocked a few!


but all was good and guests started to play along 🙂


Another lucky guest getting fed which caused some excitement 🙂

Finally when the crowd subsided a little, we went to the back of the shop only to discover that Karin was shooting and working on her next exhibition of these dolls and their time spent in Singapore!

IMG_5018We can’t wait to see where her next exhibition of these dolls on the streets of Singapore will take her… though we hear it might be in London or Paris!


Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun :)

Some of our hardworking staff who wanted to let loose for a while and join in the fun 🙂

IMG_5044Big thanks to Galerie Steph for presenting another fun and remarkable exhibition with us!

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

With the beautiful and brainy Kamiliah of Galerie Steph! Photo courtesy of Karin Shikata

All photographs are for sale and if you were wondering about the photo frames and where you could purchase these, they were all actually put together and lovingly handcrafted by the photographer, Karin, with original origami paper and is part of her artistic expression with these photographs. Here’s a quick glimpse of some of the designs from the show:

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Thank you to all who made it. We had a blast and we hope you did too. For those who missed it, do pop into the bistro to catch the wonderful photographic series of Tokyo Cinderella Dolls before it ends on 8 March.

Tokyo Cinderella Dolls at SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street. From 8 Jan - 8 Mar 2014

Photo credits and information on Tokyo Cinderella Dolls !


Signing In

On top of all the food & drink, we had an amazing time catching up with the artist and getting to know you. Throw in the wonderful playlist by the fabulous crew from Poptrash, this was an event that’s going down memory lane for a very long time 🙂 Catch the action right here!



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The exhibitee, Sharma, with one of her series “Childhood Dreams”.


IMG_1588lores IMG_1564lores IMG_1597lores IMG_1602lores IMG_1580lores IMG_1617loresWe got to meet the talented founders of Makers of Singapore! “An initiative that explores the avenue of craft locally, as well as to dig deeper into the stories of these Makers (people who produce their products in Singapore) and understand why they decided to stay in Singapore.” – Makers of Singapore


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Tyler from The Secret Mermaid introducing his cocktails.

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With the lovely DJ Christina of Poptrash. Her debut set!


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Founder, Ashe, of Poptrash grooving it for a pretty amazing turn out.




Guests trying out Popaganda’s fresh fruit popsicles 🙂




Trying out the Cheng Thng Jelly Shots !




Appreciating art throughout the event!




DJ Christina played a handsome range of music which got us moving from the front of the house to the back!




Relatives of the artist.



Capturing the colour, the art works and the life!





Artist, Sharma, with some of her relatives.




Thank you everyone for coming down and supporting the exhibitee, us and making the event worth more than a thousand words! And a big thank you to our collaborators and sponsors for making the event a success. The atmosphere would not have been the same without you guys on board x



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Martin YeohFounder, MLC Productions

Martin Yeoh
Founder, MLC Productions

1. Being an entrepreneur has been at the tip of the nation’s tongue in the past couple of years. What made you decide to come out on your own in 2010 and what’s the one experience you would like to share with others who are striving to do the same?

Well, back in the end of 2009, I was in-between projects in Southern Star, I felt the need to shake up my life a little. I felt I was getting a little too lazy and complacent. Don’t get me wrong, Southern Star is a great company to work in and I had a great time there. I guess I reached a point in life whereby I needed something to call my own, I needed a new challenge, something that could hold my short attention span. So one thing led to another and MLC was started. I guess the one thing which I learnt from running this business is (that) money isn’t everything: when you start a business, your product is everything. So focus all your attention on your product and money/clients would come by as a result.

2. You’re constantly working with new and various teams of people put together either by you or your clients. Afiq Omar worked with you as the assigned photographer for The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi’s Event. How important is it to form the right team before starting a project? What happens if the best person or people you have in mind for the job can’t take on the project? 

It is essential to work with the right people. Different photographers and camera operators have different strengths, as a production company it is important for us to know what each individual crew’s strengths are and designate the right jobs to the right people. Well, if the person is not available, then we would have to call on our second choice.

3. There’s less wonder when a videographer picks up and starts shooting with a 35mm camera but conveying different images and mood by that same person switching between mediums, that’s art. How do you know when to use what? Have there been times when you wished you had captured a video on photo instead?

Both mediums have their strengths, a well taken photo can just be as effective as any video, they are both different mediums but yet employ very similar skill sets to capture the right moments. When I’m not working I don’t necessarily choose whether to shoot photos or videos, I just go with the moment. This choice is a lot easier now over the last 2 years with DSLRs from all the big brands that have great video shooting capabilities. and in 2013 onwards we will start seeing video cameras that can shoot videos with 4k – 6k resolution. So essentially we can make screen grabs from those video footage and use them for print.

4. Through this latest showcase of street photographs and portraits, you and Afiq have captured an essence of another culture that some are only fleetingly familiar with. What would define a street photograph or portrait of Singapore for you? 

Singapore’s really diverse, I guess a good Singapore portrait would show that diversity but in a contrasting manner. For example, contrast between old and new, rich and poor, the difference races that live here. As for a good street Singapore photograph, anything goes I guess, you just have to be at the right moment at the right time.

5. I don’t think “street videography” could work as well as an artistic genre and concept but someone could prove me wrong. Any thoughts or feelings about working with this idea? 

I don’t think there is a genre called street videography. but people have been doing similar things since video started in the form of indie documentaries, mood travel videos, street time lapses etc. you can find a whole lot of them on vimeo.

6. A good portion of your work are in music and fashion, frequently associated with club culture, and not easily recognisable in these photographs. What inspires you?

Everything inspires me, I feel a lot of people spend their lives waiting for inspiration to land on their lap, but that doesn’t happen all the time. Inspiration is found, not given and its everywhere!

7. We’re launching the third edition of our daily menu along with your showcase. Is there any dish you hope will stay on the menu? With whom do you find yourself enjoying a meal or who would you want to have a meal with? 

I haven’t had a chance to taste the (whole) menu yet! But I must say so far your soups are just fantastic, every time I step into the store, I’ll make sure I order some soup cos it warms my heart and belly. I would bring my parents there next time *hah*

A video specially commissioned by Martin and in collaboration with the launch of our new daily menu this January 2013. Enjoy!

Photography by MLC Productions

A video production house based out of Singapore and focusing on music, fashion and lifestyle videos, MLC Productions was founded in 2010 by Martin Yeoh. Graduating from the Vancouver Film School in 2003, Martin launched his career as a Compositor at Southern Star Entertainment and subsequently led projects as Associate Producer.

The section presents a selection of photographic works taken during breaks on location shoots by Martin and the talents he outsources. To view complete client-assigned video works by MLC Productions, do take some time to visit their website.


A Portrait of India by Afiq Omar

A Portrait of India by Afiq Omar

A Portrait of India by Afiq Omar

A Portrait of India by Afiq Omar


A Portrait of Indonesia by Martin Yeoh

A Portrait of Indonesia by Martin Yeoh

The Streets of Indonesia by Martin Yeoh

The Streets of Indonesia by Martin Yeoh