Monday, May 02, 2016

Singapore HeritageFest 2016 : A Taste of Heritage 新加坡街边饮食文化

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I didn't know that food stalls used to line the grounds of the National Museum in the 1960s. I was not born yet.

But I got to relive the 1960s street food culture at the National Museum on the last night of April 2016. I had gone to support my good friends who were participating in the event.

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From 6 pm , the front lawn of the National Museum was lined with street food stalls that take me back to the 1960s. There were long, snaking queues in front of each stall.

I took a walk through the 15 stalls taking part in the event, all were run by second- and third-generation young entrepreneurs who are running their family business.

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Local dishes like satay, chicken rice, rojak, laksa, wanton mee and traditional snacks were sold. At the side of each stall was a display board where one could get to know the stories behind each stall.

Some of the participants are Tong Heng Confectionery, HarriAnns Nonya Table, Katong Laksa, The Prata Place, Cho Kee Wanton Mee and Tan's Tu Tu Coconut Cake.

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I queued for a plate of beef rendang at Rumah Makan Minang and was dismayed at having to queue 45 minutes for a small plate of the dish at S$4. The extremely hot and humid weather was probably the cause of my hunger. I was famished and after my meal of rice, I queued for a slice of sugee cake. :D

I had to sit on the lawn to eat my dinner as all the available tables and chairs were occupied.

The queue at the drinks stall was so long, I gave up buying beverages.

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There was entertainment while I ate my dinner. I watched an Indian dance performance and then a Chinese puppet show.

Singapore HeritageFest 2016 runs from Apr 29 to May 15.


在四月的最后一夜, 我出席新加坡文化遗产节2016之新加坡街边饮食文化活动。

主办方在新加坡国家博物馆外设立摊位,全部做成上世纪60年代街边热闹小贩的街景。并且邀请15个第二代和第三代小贩接班人在现场摆摊售卖本地美食。老字号美食摊卖的食物有沙爹、罗惹、嘟嘟糕、椰蛋挞、巴东饭和云吞面等。

除此之外,现场也有戏曲表演、印度舞蹈和潮州铁枝木偶戏等精彩表演。

今年的新加坡文化遗产节将从4月29日举行至5月15日。

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Happy Labour Day 2016 愉快劳动节2016

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This morning brought my Hainanese spouse to support my Teochew fellow clansmen who have a stall selling soya bean drink, grass jelly drink and bean curd at Beo Crescent Food Centre.

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At the recommendation of the stall's lady boss Alison, we ordered the prawn noodles and carrot cake.

We were eating, drinking and chatting happily without noticing the time. As breakfast became lunch and stretched until tea time, Alison and her family bought us snacks of turnip cakes, prawn fritters and treated us to an assortment of her beverages.

It was a delightful brunch (stretched to afternoon tea) with my Teochew brothers and sisters.

Glad to see Lee Huat Kee, former boss of Lee Kui (Ah Hoi) Restaurant, he is looking well.

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What else is tasty at Beo Crescent Food Centre? I had eaten the minced pork mee pok (noodles) dry which comes with a fiery chilli sauce, century egg pork porridge and toasted garlic bread from three stalls here. We will be back! :D


Happy Labour Day!

今早与我先生去支持潮州宗亲Alison, 品尝潮州美食。Alison一家在Beo Crescent小贩中心售卖豆花, 仙草冻, 还有豆花水, 仙草水饮料等等。她介绍我们吃的美食有虾面, 炒萝卜糕, 还请我们吃炸虾饼, 笋粿和饮料。

了 与我的潮州宗亲们吃早餐, 午餐和茶点。 大家开心吃喝, 聊天6小时。很高兴再次见到李貴(亞蟹)席館前老板李发枝, 他現在看起来精神很好, 希望他身体越来越勇健!。谢谢我们的豆腐西施Alison一家的热情款待。家己人加油!

大家劳动节愉快!






Friday, April 29, 2016

Care & Share Thank You Show “关怀与分享运动”答谢晚会

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I was invited to the Care and Share "Thank You" event last night. 4 ministers graced the occasion.

Guest-of-Honour
Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies

Special Guests
Mr Heng Swee Kiat, Minister for Finance

Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office

Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development

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Several celebrities performed at this event attended by 4,000 beneficiaries, donors and volunteers. We were not informed who would be the performers.

So I was elated to see Hong Kong popular Cantopop singer Frances Yip. She performed her famous track - Shanghai Bund (1980), to the delighted screams and cheers of her fans. She looks so good at age 69. Wow.


The other celebrities were Dick Lee and Joi Chua.

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In December 2013, the Care and Share Movement was started to mark the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence in 2015.

Over a period of more than two years, with the Government matching dollar-for-dollar to donations received, a total of S$1.3 billion were distributed to more than 240 charities for the benefit of many.

28th April 2016
The Max Pavilion @ Singapore Expo

2016年4月28日(星期四),晚上7时正,假新加坡博览中心(The Max Pavilion)举行“关怀与分享运动”答谢晚会。大会主宾为副总理兼经济及社会政策统筹部长尚达曼先生。其他3位出席活动的部长是财政部长王瑞杰先生,新加坡总理公署部长陈振声先生和社会及家庭发展部长陈川仁先生。

配合2015年我国庆祝独立50周年,公益金在2013年连同本地约240个志愿福利团体发动大规模的“关怀与分享运动”。运动获得政府以一元对一元的方式捐款支持,在这期间筹得1,300,000,000元。

昨晚我应邀和4000位受益人,捐赠者和志愿者参加答谢活动晚会。有数位实力派歌手参与演出。

我们没有被告知谁是表演者。叶丽仪的到来让大家都有些兴奋。叶丽仪演唱百听不厌的经典老歌 -上海滩(1980年), 赢得群众如雷般的掌声。哇! 69岁的她, 还是那么漂亮!

演唱者还有新加坡流行音乐女歌手蔡淳佳, 本地资深音乐人李迪文。


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