M1 Presents TOTEM™ by Cirque du Soleil® in Singapore

Spectacular! Splendid! Colourful visuals! Visit Sistic website or Sistic outlets to buy tickets to watch TOTEM™ by Cirque du Soleil® in Singapore! Catch it and enjoy the excitement!

Event Date
Wed, 28 Oct – Sun, 6 Dec 2015
Tue – Fri: 8pm
Tue (10 Nov): 4.30pm & 8pm
Sat: 4.30pm & 8pm
Sun: 1.30pm & 5pm

The Site open 1 hour before the show time.

Venue
Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee of $4 per ticket)
VIP Rouge (First row): S$328
VIP Rouge : S$308
A Reserve: S$188
B Reserve: S$168
C Reserve: S$138
D Reserve: S$98

Sat – 7 Nov ,28 Nov & 5 Dec (8pm shows)
VIP Rouge (First row): S$328
VIP Rouge : S$308
A Reserve: S$188
B Reserve: S$168
C Reserve: S$138
D Reserve: S$98
Behind The Scenes VIP: S$495

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Travel: Xiamen

This was my 1st visit to Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. 这是我第一次来厦门,福建省,中国。Xiamen is a bustling city in China. It will be good to stay near Xiamen Train Station for the first visit. Most of the people speaks Minnan Dialect. If you know Mandarin or Hokkien, it is good.

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This is one of the most famous landmark on Xiamen Island when people are boarding ferry to Gulang Yu鼓浪屿!

Some of the famous attractions on Gulang Yu鼓浪屿!

日光岩-厦门鼓浪屿。

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Does this figure look familiar? 您会觉得这个图面会很熟悉吗?郑成功塑像 Statue of Koxinga.

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The famous Koxinga statue! 郑成功塑像

You will need to go to the ferry terminal to take 5min ride to Gulang Yu 鼓浪屿 to have a closer sight of these places. Packages are available at the ferry terminal.

Food食物

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Tried their famous Sha Cha Mian (Bought at RMB20). 尝试了著名的沙茶面。Should try it.

Transport公交系統

I love Xiamen’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT). I tried boarding their buses on the bus rapid transport system during my stay in Xiamen. 我喜欢廈門快速公交系統。Rm0.50 for a short distance ride!

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You will need to get these blue chips to board the buses. People will have to pay for the distance travelled from point A to point B. You should try their BRT too if you visit Xiamen!

Transport in Xiamen is very convenient from Xiamen Island to the mainland. You can see a lot of road bridges and see Jimei University 集美大学 along the way!

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Will come back again if I have the opportunity!

A Trip to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island),Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

My first trip to Pulau Ketam (Crab Island), Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.

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I had never visited this place before however, I know Pulau Ketam is located on an island near Port Klang, Selangor Malaysia. It is an offshore island and people have to take a ferry from Port Klang to Pulau Ketam. You have to go to Port Klang – South Port to take the ferry to Pulau Ketam.

South Port

Port Klang was known as Port Sweetenham and was renamed as Port Klang. Port Klang also has a KTM Komuter station where people can take a train from KTM train station or KL Sentral to Port Klang.

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You can buy the ferry ticket from the ferry terminal or buy the ticket on the ferry. Currently, each ticket costs around RM7 for a 45-minute ferry ride. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to spot dolphins during the ferry ride.

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Here’s the available timings for the ferry rides from Port Klang to Pulau Ketam and vice versa.
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Selamat Datang ke Pulau Ketam! Welcome to Crab Island! There are two villages on Pulau Ketam; Kampung Pulau Ketam and Kampung Sungai Lima.

I stayed the biggest hotel in Pulau Ketam – Hotel Sea Lion in Pulau Ketam within Kampung Pulau Ketam! It is located very near to Pulau Ketam Jetty. The owner of this hotel – Mr Andy Cha, is the village head of Pulau Ketam. He’s very friendly person and I enjoyed my stay in this hotel.

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You can visit its website at http://www.sealion.com.my/index-sealion.html for its different packages and room types. 1 of the packages do allow people to have private karaoke party too!

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Stayed in a room facing the jetty and the sea view. When there is low tide, you will love the sight of crabs moving about. It is not just one or a few, it is more than hundreds of crabs! Thus this place is named after crabs. This is only a small section of the area being taken by my digital camera.

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Touring around the island is a must. People either walk, cycle with bicycles, take a boat ride or ride motorised bike within the island. No sight of cars and traffic lights at all! It is best to wear a comfortable pair of flat shoes to move about on wooden planks or concentrate ground. You can rent a bicycle at RM5 per day.

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You will see a lot of salted fish and dried prawns on this island too. It is a good place to purchase a lot of dried sea products on Pulau Ketam at an affordable price.

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Seafood meal is a must in Pulau Ketam, especially Ketam (Crab). Fresh from the sea.

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Best to have a steamboat dinner there.

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It is also good to explore part of Pulau Ketam with a boat ride to see the different village settlements (Chua Chu Kang, Hokkien village, Teochew village, Hainan village) and the

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Temple in Pulau Ketam, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

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Enjoyed my stay in Pulau Ketam. It is quite different from the bustling cities of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia and Singapore. A form of quiet, kampong life on an island. No traffic lights. Happy people with not much worries. It was good to experience such simple life and learnt a lot. People must be contented with what they have in life.

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Hope to come back to Pulau Ketam again! Will update part of this post with Chinese Characters!

Food Review: Inle Myammar Restaurant

Welcome – Mingalaba! This was my second time trying Burmese Food in Singapore and my first visit to a Burmese Restaurant in Singapore – named Inle Myammar Restaurant. The word ‘Inle’ may sound familiar as there is a place called Inle Lake in Myammar. Just like there are quite a number of places named after Burmese places along Balestier and Novena area such as Shan Road, Irrawady Road, Mandalay Road and etc.

Inle Myammar Restaurant is located at Peninsula Plaza. Peninsula Plaza is located near City Hall MRT station and it is very famous hangout places for Burmese in Singapore.

I tried its set meal – $12.90++/pax (exclude 10% service charge and 7% Gst). Its set meal – allows people to choose 1 Main Dish + 1 Side Dish + 1 Drink.

I opted for Butter Flavoured rice with Chicken Curry, Saykalama “Bird’s nest drink” and Fried Tofu Fritters and soup.

Butter Flavoured Rice – I could taste the butter in the rice.

Burmese Chicken Curry – I never tasted Burmese Chicken Curry before. It is a bit spicy – acceptable level of spiciness for me.

Soup is okay for me.

I tried Tofu fritters. Quite okay. Small and crunchy.

I did not manage to take picture of the Burmese Bird nest drink. (the pink coloured drink). It’s refreshing and nice to drink.

Ordered a dessert –  Shwe Yin Aye aka Myammar Chengdol. It has Chengdol, sago, coconut agar agar, white bread and jelly served with chilled coconut milk. Full of tropical taste and looks. It’s sweet and I did not expect that Burmese also like to use Chengdol and coconut for their desserts. As I tasted Malaysia Chengdol before.

I thought that Burmese Food tends to be salty than expected. However, after trying their desserts, I did not expect their desserts to be sweet.

If you wish to try Burmese Food, do come to Inle Myanmmar Restaurant and try out their all day set meal. It costs less than $20! You can also go for their lunch time promotion as well. Quite affordable price.

Inle Myammar Restaurant is located at:

Peninsula Plaza 111 North Bridge Road #B1-07 (A/B) Singapore 179098.

Opening Hours: 11am ~ 10pm Daily

For more information, please visit http://www.inlemyanmar.com.sg/

YouthSpeak: A series of SG50 conversations organised by National Youth Council Singapore on 10 April 2015

Thank you National Youth Council Singapore and Edelman for the invitation to this Youthspeak: A Series of SG50 conversation. This is the first of 50 conversations for the Youths to be held in Singapore.

This inaugural session of YOUTHSPEAK as we reflect on the opportunities and challenges ahead, and exchange stories on how we as youths can shape Singapore’s future. For this session of YOUTHSPEAK, it focuses on Youths and Social enterprises and Passion. This event was held at Barber Shop by Timbre @ The Arts House.

This event was hosted by Greta Georges. Guest-of-honour for this event was Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Chairman, National Youth Council. The 2 Guest Speakers for this events were Ms Kuik Shiao Yin, Nominated Member of Parliament and Creative Director and Co-founder of The Thought Collective,  and Mr Edward Chia, Co-founder and Managing Director of Timbre Music Group.

The 2 speakers are social entrepreneurs. Mr Edward Chia hires ex-convicts and delinquents in his company as well as provide a platform for local singers (such as Jack and Rai, Goodfellas) and dancers (lindy hop) to perform and showcase their talents. Ms Kuik Shiao Yin

The youth participants were given cards to pen down their thoughts and aspiration and what they can be as the pioneers of tomorrow. All the written cards will be showcase in an exhibition in November 2015. At least of 1 of written cards will be mentioned during the conversation and my written card was selected.

Here’s what I had written down:

What I had written down was from the bottom of my heart. We are all unique individuals, with different strengths and skills.

小人物的心声 (Xiao Ren Wu De Xin Sheng) –

The lyrics of this song really reflected on what I felt then. Of course, as part of the pioneers of tomorrow, this is part of my aspirations.

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Reflections for the conversation:

Singapore has changed a lot over the past 50 years.

From this

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To this

Singapore is a small place with limited resources. It was not easy for our pioneer leaders to turn Singapore from a 3rd world nation to a 1st world nation over a short period of 50 years. Our government had to find ways and means to innovate ideas to find solution to solve water shortage problems.

IMG_1619And voila – NeWater is 1 of the greatest innovations in Singapore. We need it, we drink it, we use it. It became part of our daily lives.

Recently, our founding prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew had left us. However, we will not forget about what his team and himself had worked together to build Singapore into a better place.

This is one of the songs that represents that SG50 and what our pioneer leaders overcame a lot of things to fulfil their dreams.

There were quite a lot of discussion going on during the conversation.

I totally agree with the speakers that people do deserve second chances in their lives. It is not easy for people to accept people with records. It is also not easy for people who failed or given up their lives after hearing bad news. If special people put in special effort and attention on them, they may change into a better person. Why not?

Life choices is like a forked road.We have choices and paths to choose from. Sometimes we have to make decisions to choose the path that we wanted to go. Such as after PSLE, we have to make decisions to choose the secondary schools. We are humans and we may err. Sometimes when we choose the wrong path, we regret and some may learn from the mistakes and look forward. Sometimes, we may get condemned and no one gives the support. Sometimes, with people supporting and guiding you, you may become strong and move on. Failure is the stepping stone to sucess.

I do have passion and hobbies. However, I do not pursue my passion as my career. Passion can be our hobbies that we can do during our free time. Why not? Do not give up passion just because of obstacles. Life still have to go on. We can figure out a way to intergate our passions into our careers somehow. Or join a hobby association to make friends with similar hobbies.

I felt that Ms Kuik said something very good about life and resilence. Sometimes it is good to expose the tough side of life to make people understand situations and with the setback, this will help to mould and grow into a better and stronger person.

It reminds me of the chorus of A1 – Like a rose.

YOU TREAT ME LIKE A ROSE
YOU GIVE ME ROOM TO GROW
YOU SHONE THE LIGHT OF LOVE ON ME
AND GAVE ME AIR SO I CAN BREATHE
YOU OPEN DOORS THAT CLOSE
IN A WORLD WHERE ANYTHING GOES
YOU GIVE ME STRENGTH SO I STAND TALL
JUST LIKE A ROSE

Life is not always smooth sailing one. Sometimes, people do break down over incidents. Some may reactive very negatively and unable to move on over failure. Some may become strong.

Mr Lee Kuan Yew had been through the Great Depression in the 1920s and World War II in the 1940s. With the hardships that he experienced and his near escape from the Japanese troops, these incidents made him to be a stronger person. Even if people trampled or look down, we should not .give up. We still have a lot to learn from people.

The lyrics of Jason Mraz’s I won’t give up song is very meaningful. It reflects very well about what I thought about the conversation. We should not give up hope.

Jason Mraz – I won’t give up lyrics video:

Here’s the summary of the discussion:

So what is your life story? A person who sparkles and does well in life? Or a person who just play, sleep and eat? Or s person who is willing to step out of comfort zone to make a difference in life? You decide your story.

I would like to end off with Dick Lee’s Life Story song:

There will be more upcoming YOUTHSPEAK SG50 conversations soon. Do visit National Youth Council, Singapore for more updates.

A Visit to Eurasian Community House on 20 July 2013


Singapore Heritage Festival 2013 was held from 19 July to 28 July 2013, all over Singapore. I was delighted that there was an opportunity for me to attend some of the guided trails in Singapore during this period.

I took part in The Eurasian Experience Open House & Tour at the Eurasian Community House at 139 Ceylon Road (near Dunman Road and Tanjong Katong Sec School area)

Beautiful ceramic painting of Portugal port near the entrance of Eurasian Community House…

Eurasion Heritage Centre is located inside the Eurasian Community House.

Eurasian Heritage centre is open from Tuesday to Sundays from 10am to 6pm, Closed on Monday.

The volunteer guide for Eurasian Heritage experience – Ms Michelle Tessensohn

Ms Michelle Tessensohn did a very good introduction to the Eurasian Heritage Centre and shared quite a lot of interesting Eurasian culture with the visitors. I didn’t know that she’s the great granddaughter of Mr Edward Tessensohn. Tessersohn is a German surname as I know sohn means son in German (eg Mendelsohn = Mendel’s son)

By the way, Tessensohn sounds familiar right? Hmm….

Yes, it’s One of the Singapore road near Balestier Road and Race Course Road area. The road was named after Mr Edward Tessensohn, a Eurasian who came from Malacca.

Do visit their showcase at Level 1 The Eurasian Experience and Level 4 The World War II – The Eurasian Story and Level 4 Roots of Our Community to find out more about the interesting culture. Europeans settled in Asia and married local Asians and their descendants are known as Eurasians. Heard that a lot of Eurasians are active in media industry such as Cheryl Fox (Channel News Asia), Class 95 DJ Jean Danker and DJ Vernatta Lopez.

In Singapore, there are also quite a number of roads that are named after Eurasians at around Kovan Road/Upper Serangoon area (Simon Road, Aroozoo Avenue), Little India Area (Desker Road).

I managed to see some beautiful Eurasian teenagers performing Eurasian dance such as Jinkli Nona. The portuguese folk music sounds very joyful and lively and makes people want to dance along with the music.

Here’s the music with the dance (in 1 of the youtube videos):

Picture of the beautiful dancers:

Tasted the traditional Eurasian sugee cake (heard it’s quite difficult to bake this type of cake) with the wonderful almond smell… freshly baked from Quentin Restaurant at Eurasian Community House. Yummy.

It’s good to try some Eurasian food to understand more about the unique Eurasian culture with the fusion of European and Asian taste.

Perhaps you can come to Quentin Restaurant to try out some Eurasian dishes such as Curry Debal (Devil’s Curry) and other delicious Eurasian dishes. Quentin Restaurant is located at Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Road. You can visit www.quentins.com.sg to find out more about their menu, and promotions.

Quentin’s Restaurant – OPENING HOURS​: Tuesday to Sunday, CLOSED ON MONDAYS

Lunch starts at 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner 6:30pm-10:30pm and they do open till 12midnight During Fridays!

For more information about Eurasian Community House and Eurasian association, please visit http://www.eurasians.org.sg/

Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces Exhibition at National Library Building

Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces Photo exhibition will be held at level 7 National Library Building at 100 Victoria Street, from 25 July to 31 August 2013. It features 6 different neighbourhoods namely, Seletar Camp, Lorong Buangkok, Macpherson, People’s Park Chinatown, Queentown and Pulau Ubin.

Many things and buildings have to make way for redevelopment purposes. It is difficult to part them and its rich history. With an 
aim to capture and preserve history as it is unfolding, Parting Glances brings Singapore’s delicate balancing act of forging the future while preserving the past to centre stage through these 24 photos and the accompanying launch of a hardcover book with the same title.

Do visit the exhibition soon. For more details, please visit http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Exhibitions/48672/Parting_Glances__SIngapore_s_Evolving_Spaces.aspx