Singapore Heritage Festival 2012 – A celebration of our peranakan heritage

Katong – A place filled with rich peranakan heritage, a place where I lived near by since the day I was born and a place that is rich in history.

This is the 1st time that Singapore Heritage Festival was held at 112 Katong. Recollect, Reflect and Reconnect was the theme of 2012 Singapore Heritage Festival.

Of course, although I am not a Peranakan, however, I wanted to know more about my neighbourhood’s history and culture better to understand more about Katong and Joo Chiat.

I guess the Peranakan’s craze is still on even since Little Nyonya was shown in 2008 with more people knowing more about Peranakan culture then. With Peranakan Museum, people can know more about the rich peranakan culture in Singapore. With color batiks and kasut manek, accessories and food, what do you think about the peranakan culture?

Batik

Peranakan Kebaya.
Of course, I tried out how to sew beads for kasut manek.

Too bad I didnt have a picture of me attempting beading for kasut manek. It was very difficult as the holes were very small & minute. Very difficult to see the holes and put the needle at the right hole to achieve the right effect for the shoe design and pattern.

Besides that, Peranakan cooking is one of the most difficult. Although I never try how to prepare that, the preparation process was quite tedious as time is needed to bound the balachan, coloring & many more. I love their chendol, their kueh. Haha.

I hope to preserve this special type of peranakan heritage at my neighbourhood forever.

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Climber’s Lab

Thank you Street Directory and Eugene from Climber’s Lab for the wonderful invite to try out vertical climbing. Well it was my 1st time trying out vertical climbing (as I never try that out during my school days). So it can be quite challenging to me.

There are 2 Climber’s Labs locations in Singapore. 1 of them is located at Enterprise Hub, lobby A, level 5, 48 Toh Guan Road, near Bukit  Batok Industrial Park area. There is only 1 bus, SBS 183 (can be taken from Jurong East interchange) to there. The other is located at 66 Kampong Bugi, #08-01 Rivergreen Building (near Lavender MRT and Lavender street towards victoria street).

So what services do Climber’s Lab offer?

For more information of the courses offered by Climber’s lab, visit http://www.exponentasia.com.sg/climbers-laboratory

Who should visit Climbers Laboratory?

  • Climbing Enthusiasts
  • Climbing certification seekers (age 13 and above)
  • Climbing Newbie
  • Schools
  • Corporate Groups
  • Friends and/or family
  • Staff retreat/ team building

Climber’s lab is open from Mondays to Sundays. Their opening hours are:

MONDAY – FRIDAY (1000 am – 1000 pm )

SATURDAY – SUNDAY & PH ( 1000 am – 0700 pm )

For the Enterprise Hub outlet, it is a 2 storey (about 8m) high wall place for high wall climbing, which can be quite tiring & challenging with its challenging lanes depending on the route (to be revised every 6 months), while Kallang Ture outlet (at Kampong Bugis) has quite a lot of Bouldering (up to 3 metre tall) which is good to build up endurance and strength.

Of course, it was my 1st time trying out rock climbing in the indoor climbing environment at Enterprise Hub. Well, I put on quite a lot of weight this year and quite fearful of climbing on a wall without someone supporting the harness while I climb.

I remembered the last time I climbed was on the stable pole with steps while my eyes were blind-folded then and walked on the rope.

I tried a few of the routes (beginning and intermediate) at the Climber Lab with some of the bloggers. I managed to completed the 2 of the easier routes. However, I did not manage to complete the more difficult routes on the walls as my body could not take my weight while holding on to the same position for too long and my palms were sweating then which I lost my grip.

Here’s some of the climbing pictures of me wearing the shoe and attempting the walls (thank you haren and Lynn for taking the pictures):

Well my posture looks bad here. Haha. Climber shoes are different from sports shoes to achieve better grip on the small rocks.

I guess Eugene had a tough time to support us (using a rope) and guide us while climbing those challenging walls. Thank you to this wonderful instructor! At least I am glad that I completed 2 of the walls with ease.

Here’s the group photo:

Lynn, Kaiyi, Eugene, Hazel and myself.

According to Eugene, he said sometimes he and many experienced climbers will use chalk while climbing as chalk will make the palms dry (to somehow prevent sweatiness in palms) and enable better grip on the walls. However, best not to always put chalk powers on the palms as it will make the skin dry and the grips on the wall will be too chalky as the staff has to spend some time to wash those grips every 6 months.

Eugene also taught us the right techniques while climbing the wall, like how to hold the grip, right posture to allow people to see the possible grips/rocks on the wall for the lower limb to support.

I think rock-climbing is a very different sport compared to running, jogging and martial arts. It uses different set of muscles as well as train psychomotor skills to make people to think which rock for further grip support while trying to attempt to climb a wall successfully. Quite a lot of arm muscle will be needed to support the body weight and I think I am too heavy.

Well, I better try to lose my weight while train up my endurance at their Kallang outlet and my arm strength before I attempt on the intermediate climbing routes when I am free to drop by.

If you want cheaper rates for taking up their courses and using their facilities, you can sign up for their membership. They have special day offers too.

Do  note only CASH payment is accepted at both outlets. Credit card and NETS facilities are not available.

I did enjoyed my day at Climber’s lab and hope to visit any of their outlets to try out more routes and their boulders.

Courts: Friends Or Fakes

Courts is the leading electronics and home furnishing mega chain in Singapore.

For their latest HomeClub member recruitment drive, Courts devised a campaign that would put friendship to a test via Facebook app. At the end of the day, who are the friends you can count on quite literally? After all, reliable friends are now worth free products thanks to Courts!

Simply task your countless friends to sign up as our HomeClub member and you’re on the way to a world of great prizes – mini speaker, digital camera, LCD TV and many more!

Fun part is, each friend can only sign up once. So you’d have to act fast and ensure that you’ve got their votes.

For more information, visit: www.courts.com.sg/FRIENDSORFAKES

MARIGOLD HL MILK donates to MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Fund

Part of MARIGOLD HL MILK’s brand mission is to pursue a more active corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, seeking to give back to society and making a difference to the lives of people in need.

WE BELIEVE THAT :

FOR A CHILD MILK SHOULDN’T BE A LUXURY BUT A NECESSITY

EVERY CHILD DESERVES TO GROW INTO A HEALTHY ADULT

THE UNDERPRIVILEDGED SHOULDN’T BE UNDERNOURISHED

MARIGOLD HL MILK has committed to donate 10,000 packs of milk to MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Fund who reaches out to disadvantaged children and youth in Singapore and overseas. If you agree with us, join us in our CSR drive and LIKE our facebook www.facebook.com/MARIGOLDHLMILKSG and we’ll donate an additional pack of milk for every like we receive.

ABOUT MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Fund:
Registered in June 2004, MILK reaches out to disadvantaged children and youth, both in Singapore and overseas, in the hope of developing them into contributing members of society. These children and youth come from troubled or low-income families and impoverished communities, and are often caught in a downward cycle that their circumstances destine them to. MILK supports them in their education, care and guidance, vocational and livelihood development, or other special needs so as to help them break out of the disadvantaged circumstances they were born into. MILK focuses on plugging gaps in the social service sector rather than duplicating what is already in existence. In a unique partnership formed with local partners, MILK plays the role of advocacy and fund raising while the partners focus on providing direct services for the children.

Visit www.milk.org.sg for more information on MILK fund.

Garnier 3 in 1 – Wash, Scrub & Mask all in One. Save the hassle!

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For more info check out Garnier’s facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarnierSingapore 

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Experience a snowy Christmas or holidays in Hong Kong Disneyland

Disneyland, where magical moments happen every day! Be it a child or an old grandpa, everyone loves Disneyland and finds joy in the time spent in the theme park.

Christmas is coming soon! There is no better place to celebrate the fun and romance of a traditional Christmas than at Main Street, U.S.A. – Christmas Town. Disney’s Sparkling Christmas is the place to make all your dreams come true this season.
Bring out the child at heart and set sail to enjoy the new theme rides and just bask in Disneyland’s magic today in Disneyland Hong Kong!