Friday, 13 November 2009

This Weekend – Stargazing and Silky Wishes


Pack your night cream, portable pillows, flask of coffee and grab this once in a lifetime chance to witness a meteor storm. The Leonids Meteor Shower is definitely an overnight event for the whole family happening sometime between 8pm and 5am on 17 to 18 November (overnight) at the Singapore Science Centre.

The Science Centre and TASOS are celebrating the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 with a big bang.  The stars of the show are forecasted to be a half meteor storm that will happen at 5am. Astronomers have predicted that the annual Leonids might put up the most dramatic light show not seen in recent years as the earth passes close to the centre of the comet’s debris trail laid down in 1466. The ideal locations for viewing are in Asia* and North America. 

Expect staged performances by Kenji Williams, an audio visual art performer. Off stage, visitors will be entertained by the Science Buskers. For astronomy buffs, an accompanying meteorite exhibition, a talk by TASOS, on-site telescope viewing of the planet Jupiter and inflatable planetarium tours for children will also be held.

*Please note that viewing and extent of the Leonids storm is subject to location and clear skies. Neither the Science Centre nor TASOS or other joint organisers can be held responsible in the event that the view of the Leonids is poor. 

Event: IYA 2009 Leonid Party (Entry is Free)
Date: 17 to 18 November 2009 

Time: 8pm – 5am (*8pm – 2am: activities / 2am – 5am: free and easy)

Venue: Japanese Gardens


Find your own personality in silk. Hermes silk, that is and then convert it into a postcard and send it to a loved one or friend.

That’s what 137 local and international personalities, 21 magazines and 7 photographers have done at the Hermes ‘PS. I Silk You’ postcard exhibition, now on show till 15 November.

The P.S. I Silk You postcard exhibition celebrates individual style. The photograph on the front of the postcard captures your own unique look in Hermès silk, while the back has sentences left open for you to compose a personal note of friendship, love and encouragement to your family and friends. The celebrity postcards are available for sale via a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Beautiful People. Visitors are also invited to play and experiment with different ways of wearing Hermès silk at the studio. Pick up some scarf tying tips from the team of stylists and have your photo taken either in the indoor studio or out on the open air upper deck, with Orchard Road as a backdrop. Photographs will be transformed into P.S. I Silk You postcards on the spot, at $50 for a set of 10. Once again, proceeds go to Beautiful People.

Event: P.S. I Silk You postcard exhibition and studio
Venue: Orchard Road, in front of Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City
Date: Now till 15 November 2009
Time: 11 am to 8 pm daily

* Beautiful People is a volunteer platform that connects professionals and skilled persons with teen girls associated with various welfare organizations in Singapore, to positively impact lives through mentoring, life-skills development, work exposure and friendship. Find out more at

- Elaine


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