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Thank you, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

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Thank you, Mr Lee Kuan Yew for everything you have done for us. You will be dearly missed by many of us. You gave us a place to call home. You saw the importance of education and emphasized it so as to make each and every Singaporean ready for their future.  We now have a world-class education system. Rest in Peace Sir, you will always be remembered.

29 March 2015 –  The State Funeral Procession

I couldn’t make it to the Parliament House to pay a respect to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. But, I was lucky enough to be able to attend The State Funeral Procession that was held on Sunday. This was the last time we were able to see Mr Lee Kuan Yew and bid my final farewell to him. 

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The moment I arrived City Hall, it started to pour. There were lots of people came here waiting just like me, to bid their final farewell to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. It was touching when there were groups of Singaporeans voluntarily giving out Singapore’s flags to everyone and making sure everyone was going the right direction. I went alone so I did not really know what to expect, or where was the good location to catch a last glimpse of him so I went along with the crowd. I was praying for the rain to stop but even heaven shed her tears for Mr Lee Kuan Yew. 

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 I was able to find a good spot to see both the canon shootings and Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s carriage. This was the last lap of Mr Lee’s journey, I really wanted to pay my last respect even if the ground was wet and muddy. 

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Along the way I did saw Cynthia Koh and Patricia Mok. They were also standing with the crowd waiting to send Mr Lee’s last journey. The rain got worst near right before it was going to start. It was so heavy that I could not even see the skyscrapers ahead me However, everybody stood by and waited for the ceremony to begin. I am so happy to see so many fellow Singaporeans came together as one and even closed their umbrella when Mr Lee was going to pass by.

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As the carriage came out of the Parliament House, you can hear people shouting “Lee Kuan Yew! Lee Kuan Yew!” and some of our national songs. 

It was all worth it. That little amount of rain that got me, will never be comparable to Mr Lee’s contribution to Singapore.  Though his journey may have come to an end, he will still be in the hearts of many Singaporeans. Rest in peace, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Thank you so much

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Indonesian-Style Avocado Milkshake

I love avocado. Avocado helps to lower bad helps lower bad cholesterol, and is also high in vitamin B which fights off diseases and good for your skin.

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To me, Indonesian Avocado Milkshake is like my childhood favorite drink. My mum was born in Indonesia as a Chinese- Indonesian. She was later married to my dad, who is a Singaporean and eventually moved to Singapore. 

Often when I travel to Indonesia to visit my relatives, the first thing I would order in any restaurant or eatery is Avocado Milkshake. It’s thick, creamy and full of goodness.

Indonesian Avocado Milkshake
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 avocado
  2. 30 grams of Gula Melaka (Palm sugar)
  3. 2 tbsp. of water
  4. (1 cup) 250 grams of milk
  5. (1 cup) handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Chopped up Gula Melaka (Palm sugar) and melt them with water on low heat.
  2. Blend everything together.
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Colorful Xiao Long Bao

8 March 2015

It has been awhile since the last time I met up a close friend of mine. We wanted Chinese food so we decided to try out the colorful Xiao Long Bao from Paradise Dynasty

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We got a table right away! Yay~

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The food promptly arrived after we ordered. It looks so colorful and good! My friend and I loved cheese so we also ordered another tray of cheese XLB.

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Lastly, ordered a plate of Yang Zhou Fried Rice because we need rice! LOL.

There were 8 different flavors of Xiao Long Bao, range from the original, Cheese to even Black Truffles and Foie Gras! 

Honestly, after trying all the different flavors of Xiao Long Bao, my favorite one was the Crab Roe flavor. (Orange XLB) How unexpected! It has a strong taste of crab but not overpowering. Cheese however, felt a bit to cheesy after a few. So I would prefer Crab Roe to Cheese Xiao Long Bao.

 Overall, we were pretty much satisfied!

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I didn’t realize that our clothes matched! So qiao!~

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To tell you the truth, I wasn’t actually supposed to wear this shirt. This was my new shirt I ordered online and it came on that day. I wanted to wear a floral shirt but as I was changing my wardrobe to a bigger one (old one spoilt badly), I shifted all my shirts to my parent’s room. And they locked it. Wow… I have nothing to wear except for this shirt.

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P1080369Oh! Look at those beautiful birthday cards from Typo! I recently (start of the year) bought a 2015 diary planner and it was glorious! Love the leather texture of this diary.

diary 2015  This was taken on my birthday! It looks so vintage right? I wanted it brown but there was no brown weekly planner, so I got black.

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 Brown the bear’s so cute!

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Ending off with Baymax! I went to watch this when it was out in the cinema the other day. This robot was so cute and fluffy!

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Wholemeal Blueberry Loaf Cake

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I love Blueberry Loaf Cake but I always find that store-bought ones have too little blueberry and they don’t taste that berrylicious.

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I am trying to be more health conscious recently, and I think that a good breakfast must have a good balance diet. Which means, less fats and more wholemeal (or whole wheat) products.

I have created this recipe to be, yummy enough but yet less fat for my morning kick start. If you don’t know why go for wholemeal, here are some of the reasons why you should,

  • Lower the risk of getting diabetes type 2
  • High in fiber
  • Against heart disease
  • Makes you less hungry 

So you would think, “Wholemeal cakes and breads taste disgusting!”

But in this recipe, you wouldn’t really notice the difference. It will obviously be slightly darker in color but other than that, you won’t have the nutty taste from the wholemeal flour because it is packed with blueberry goodness infused with rich vanilla aroma. Even one of my friends who hates wholemeal products said, “it’s good!”

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 So now if you ask me, “Less fat means less butter, how would a cake taste great without a good amount of butter?”

Well, for this recipe we want the great taste of blueberry. So I have added not only vanilla extract but also blueberry preserve to boost the flavor.

  • ‘Vanilla’ because every successful cake behind has vanilla. (well said.)
  • ‘Blueberry Preserve’ because it’s so berrylicious.

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So indeed, we do not need to have extra fats (or butter) in our cakes anymore because this loaf cake is packed with so many amazing flavors already. Therefore, I have replaced it with something fat-free but yet creamy that will keep the cake soft and moist, Fat-Free Yogurt.

Please do look for Fat-Free, Sugar Free, Sweetener Free yogurt in this case! I have realized that not all yogurt are so goddess that they claimed to be. Most of them are packed with lots of sugar or artificial sweetener.

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Anyway I know that you guys are excited about it after reading so much, let’s quickly take a look at this recipe so that you can get started!   

Wholemeal Blueberry Loaf Cake
Make one 7.9" x 4.3" loaf cake
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Ingredients
  1. (1/2 cup) 100 grams of unsalted butter, soften
  2. (1/2 cup) 100 grams of white sugar
  3. 3 eggs, beaten
  4. 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  5. (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp) 150 ml of fat-free sugar-free yogurt.
  6. (1 cup) 130 grams of wholemeal/wholewheat flour
  7. (1/2 cup) 70 grams of cake flour
  8. 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  10. 1/4 tsp of salt
  11. 2 tbsp of blueberry preserves/jam
  12. (1 cup) 125 grams of blueberry (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. Grease and line loaf pan with parchment paper. (7.9" x 4.3")
  2. Preheat oven to 200C or 180C fan-forced.
  3. Whisk both flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.
  4. In your mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy on high speed. About 3 minutes.
  5. Add in egg one at a time and vanilla extract.
  6. Throw in 1/3 of your dry mixture and all of the yogurt.
  7. Mix on low speed until just combined.
  8. Then, spoonful at a time gradually add in the rest of your dry ingredients.
  9. Fold in blueberries.
  10. Transfer all your batter into your loaf pan, then top it off with blueberry preserves.
  11. Using a knife, swirl both batters until marbleized. Drop the pan to raise the air bubbles out.
  12. Bake it in the oven for about 45 minutes.
  13. Let it cool completely, slice and serve.
Notes
  1. You can leave overnight in room temperature. After that, it is best to store it in the fridge to prevent molding.
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Japan 2014/2015 Part 1 – Kinosaki

Hey guys! So it was coming an end of 2014 and my brother and I decided that we should be in Japan during that period. It was a wonderful experience at Osaka because the last time I went there was almost 10 years back!

The whole journey was about 10 hours (including transfer time) to finally reach Kansai International Airport and the first we did was to get our rented car ready because we were going to Kinosaki, a small town 2 hours away from Osaka.IMG_7462

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LOL! Trying to act cute inside the car.

It took us about an hour to get our car ready and by then we were all very hungry, so we went to the nearest supermarket to get some ready-made bento and snacks to munch on. I got some katsu with rice set that wasn’t that good. 🙁

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These strawberries were deliciously sweet! I couldn’t stop eating them!

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We bought some tomatoes too! They were not cheap too but good! I couldn’t imagine myself eating a whole tomato just by itself but I could with these tomatoes, not sourish at all!

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I also got myself some Meji White Chocolate.

IMG_7500It will take some take to reach our destination, Kinosaki. So we decided to stop-by to clear our bladder and get some food. 

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Yay, I love takoyaki! During my whole trip in Japan, we have bought endless amount of takoyaki as they are everywhere. It was just that delicious, they were way different from those you could get in Singapore. 

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It was dinner time when we reached Kinosaki, we quickly checked in to our inn and settle down for dinner in our room as it was included in.

IMG_7539The main course of the meal was crab, so we had a sumptuous meal as it was fresh and juicy! Yum…..

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After dinner, we changed to their traditional clothes and got ready to visit an Onsen (hot spring). Honestly, I’m embarrassed about being naked especially with the people I know. So I actually went alone and surprisingly the atmosphere was warmth and pleasant even though there were like 10 Japanese strangers naked around me. Some of them even tried to communicate with me, but language barrier was the problem. Anyway, I really enjoyed it and Onsen waters are really great for your skin.

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 After hot spring, we went scrolling around the town at night and reward ourselves with some soft-serve ice cream! I love black sesame flavor that I got, how wish Singapore would have such flavor!

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We took a photo with the daughter of the ice cream shop owner! She’s so cute and I remembered how she loved to show us she playing Kendama skillfully. 

IMG_7655The next morning, me outside at the guesthouse I’m staying. 

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Kinosaki, a small little town famous for its hot spring looks really beautiful! We were hoping that it will snow here but it did not and there was a fire incident 2 days after we left. 🙁

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We got to roam around the area. It was a quiet and peaceful town, there were little tourist and the community was really friendly and helpful to get us around.

IMG_7651editedWhat a beautiful sight. Imagine scrolling around with boy/girlfriend, won’t it be so romantic? 

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After spending some time in the town, we went to Sanin Kaigan National Park. The park itself stretches about 75 km around the coast! There were many speical landforms formed around there. But of course we only went to the closest, Genbudo Cave (玄武洞)! We can’t be roaming the whole area with such limited time.

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I still can remember that the wind was blowing furiously and it was freezing cold!

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I heard those rock lines were formed when lava produced by volcanic activity 1.6 million years ago. They are so beautiful!IMG_7737

IMG_7738Our last meal in Kinosaki before we head back to Osaka. Soba is Kinosaki local specialty, we absolutely had to try before leaving this little town.

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Gardens by the Bay – Flower Dome

9 March 2015

My friends and I have some time to spend so we decided to make a trip to Gardens by the Bay to have potluck and see the attractions there. To be honest, the weather was so hot that I actually wanted to call it off but luckily I did not because it was a wonderful experience.

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I made fried rice and Blueberry Loaf cake while my friends made some sandwiches and fried nuggets. 

IMG_9002editedWe managed to find a shelter to shade us! I was so lazy to style that day so I dressed casually to overcome the hot weather. 

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Initially, we wanted to go both Flower Dome and Cloud Forest but unfortunately, Cloud Forest was closed for maintenance on that day. What luck…… 🙁

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Look at those cute plants! They were like miniature trees!

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The moment I stepped in, I felt so cool as it was so cold inside. I kinda regretted because it was really hot outside and I wore this to beat the heat. Too bad I did not bring my cardigan. However, the temperature inside was bearable. How wish Singapore’s weather can be like that!

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There were so many types of plant species! I was so amazed!

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It’s kinda annoying that they were still playing Chinese New Year songs everywhere. 

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Those were really soft like silk! 

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The flowers were so pretty that I really wanted a photo with them! I heard that those plants were from all around the world like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy. So I was really excited about it. Looking at them makes me feel happy!

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IMG_9087I didn’t know that onion flowers can be so pretty

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Even though those Chinese New Year decorations were really pretty, Chinese New Year is over! 

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Really love the greenery. I really enjoyed the whole trip to Gardens by the Bay.  Such a pity that I could not go to Cloud Forest but I would want to go someday. Heard that it will be colder there so I will definitely bring my cardigan along the next time round.

 

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How many have stayed by you?

DSC_1365edited quotesPeople around you changes from time to time. Those who really stayed by with you all along, how many are there?

You may ask, should I not make any effort on relationships anymore? Should I not communicate with them?

I have never mastered the arts of communication (and don’t think I will ever) . You know, it’s not easy to communicate well with others. I mean by communicating well, is to feel connected with each other in a relationship, knowing each other’s needs and being able to relate it back. To me, I always think communication is like peanut butter and jelly, if you can relate well with each other, you can! If not, too bad. I always thought that my analytics (judgement) towards each and every individuals were correct. Like being able to be rational about someone’s personality, or identify the problematic one in a quarrel.  But, I came to realization that people can cover their true personality and will also change. You may think that this person can be a great friend, little did you know that he maybe actually a really selfish person and only likes to take advantage of others; stepping on others to a greater heights

Recently, I heard from my bunch of peers that one of their clique’s member caused a lot of problems and even create tension between each and every one of them just to get someone’s attention she wants. They were really upset and decided not to communicate with her anymore. It made me come to think that people are scary because you will never know what are they actually thinking about and their true personality. This is just only a simple example of a situation. What I am trying to say is that you may think of someone as a great friend but maybe he or she is just using you. 

So to put in any effort or not? I would say, in life you would still need to socialize. Socialization will ease loneliness and make things more pleasant. Sure there will be times when disagreement between you and someone else makes it unbearable. But at the end of the day, if you and that person are able to reconcile, it means that your relation with him is strong. However, if it turns the other way round, it means that he’s just not worth your effort. Just think of it that fate has brought it to an end. If you think that you have tried and put in much effort, don’t doubt yourself and think that it’s because of you. Instead, shift your focus and spend your time on others because there will be sure someone worth your time. 

 Nevertheless, learn to cherish your loved ones before they leave you, at least you tried. If they are going to stay by you, treasure them. As for me now, I’m going to cherish the people who wants me to be in their lives as I don’t have the time for people who doesn’t want me. Smile and live on.

在一个人的人生当中, 一定会遇到许多人, 在他的世界里进进出出, 可是真正爱他的,思念他的,珍惜他的, 会有几个?

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