Archive for April 2009

I heart Singapore

April 30, 2009






Thank you, Singapore!

April 29, 2009

28 April 2009, 3:36pm

To the organising committee of Singapore Day 2009 in London,

I have to say a big Thank You on an event so well-organised and executed. From the ERP gantry, to the red plastic foldable mats, to the Chope wet tissues and colourful T-shirts, everything was so well thought out and lovingly created.

All throughout the day, I kept thinking about how much hard work you must have put in in order to create such a flawless event, and I felt I must write to congratulate you on the event’s success, and to let you know how much your efforts are being appreciated.

My eyes brimmed with tears as I queued up at the hawker stalls, looking at the elderly aunties and uncles concentrating on preparing their best dishes for us, thinking, “Do you know what? It could be the first time they took a plane and came half-way around the globe, just to cook for us.”

One Auntie kept apologising saying, “Due to the lack of certain ingredients in the UK, I’m afraid my Char Kway Teow may not be as good as it is back home.” I told her, “Don’t you worry about that, we hardly get a spread of authentic food like this, I know it will be delicious.”

I enjoyed being in the company of other Singaporeans, laughing at jokes cracked by local comedians which only Singaporeans would understand, and relishing the warm, fuzzy feeling of being well looked-after by my country and fellow countrymen.

I laughed, I cried, I am touched and to quote what David Gan said in the video, “Yes they may think it’s great to live overseas, but when they have a drink or two, they will still say, ‘I miss home’.”

Thank you for such a splendid day.



29 April 2009, 4:25am

Thank you for the email. You speak of all the “ingredients” of Singapore Day which does include that “warm, fuzzy feeling” as you correctly put it.

It is great that the efforts are noticed and appreciated. And if there’s anything that the Overseas Singaporean Unit can do for you and your family- remember to get in touch with us.

Best regards

National Population Secretariat


April 27, 2009



有 许多小细节,主办单位真的想的很周到,例如,入门口设了国人熟悉的电子收费闸门,走过时还会“B”一声,让我们还没有进场已经感觉到新加坡式的幽默。

我看到六七十岁的小贩大老远来这里为我们抄粿条,煮鸡饭,那可能是他们第一次搭飞机出远门。他们谦虚地对我们说:“这里有一些材料没有,抄不出家里的味 道。”我说,味道肯定很好,我们在这里,非常难得才有机会尝到家里的佳肴。我吃地多么开心,多么感动。

看到从欧洲各地专程飞来的新加坡人,虽然有很多已经在不同的国家落地生根,但不忘自己到底还时一个新加坡人。引用美发师颜天发在录像短片说的话:“可能他们在国外觉得很好,但是到了最后,喝了两杯,还是会说:”I MISS HOME”





Mickey goes camping

April 27, 2009

This was my favourite Disney cartoon when I was a child, and it could be the reason why I love travelling and why I love corn!

Little projects

April 22, 2009






I spent my weekend doing very housewifey things, such as going around with my polka dot metal watering can to water my plants,  admiring the lovely tulips I planted in winter, doing the laundry, going to the market to get fresh sea bass and cooking dinner.

On Sunday afternoon, I basked in the warm sun transferring my capsicum seedlings into separate pots, and I finally gotten round to planting my sunflower seeds. I hope they grow to be taller than me!

We’d originally wanted to have a barbeque in the garden but we took so long trying to put together a useless and poorly designed BBQ set that we gave up and stuck the sea bass in the oven instead.

I stuffed the gut cavity with fresh sage, greek basil, chopped garlic, paprika and lime juice to rid the fishy, bitter taste and sprinkled salt and pepper on the fish. It turned out lovely and we had it with Mediterranean vegetables and roasted British potatoes.

London this weekend for Singapore Day at Hampton Court, I can’t wait!

Youths and Hats

April 21, 2009


Two interesting exhibitions I am planning to check out the next time I’m in London.

Unordinary People at the Royal Albert Hall, an exhibition celebrating the self-expression, idealism, frustrations, resilience and creative vitality of young people the World over. It features an eclectic selection of cultural photography, video and essays sourced from all around the World and documents the history, lifestyles, fashions, hairstyles, music and subcultures of young people from the 1960s to the present day. From 21 April to 24 May.

Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones at The Victoria & Albert Museum, uncovers the rich seam of fashion, style, inspiration, craft and technique inherent in every hat. The exhibition follows the life of a hat through the stages of inspiration and creation, to the salon and finally to the client who gives the hat its ultimate purpose and flourish. From 24 February to 31 May.


Sky Captain

April 20, 2009




Watched Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with R at home the other night. Apart from the colours, treatment and lighting in the film, I didn’t think much of the plot. It’s a bit War of the Worlds meet Jurassic Park. But I was captivated by Gwyneth Paltrow’s pretty hat, beautiful red lips, luscious blonde locks and her trusty Argus C2.