Thursday, June 11, 2015

Masak Masak 2015 @ National Museum of Singapore


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Brought my nephews to the National Museum of Singapore on a Sunday to have fun at the annual Children's Season held during the June school holidays.

They had a great time making origami items and playing with the exhibits. There were several large replicas of  country flag erasers. They brought back happy childhood memories for my husband and I. We used to buy these erasers when we were in primary school. :D

Then there is the telephone exhibit which many kids (and a few adults) enjoying playing.  

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While the kids were enjoying themselves playing with new-found friends at the playground, we went upstairs to take a look at the memorial exhibition on the life and work of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.  

We returned half an hour later to bring the reluctant kids to lunch. :)

We will be back. :)









Monday, June 08, 2015

28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 - Table Tennis (Women's Team Semi-final)

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Received two complimentary tickets for women and men table tennis semi finals/finals.

Watched the competitions at Singapore Indoor Stadium with my husband who is an avid table tennis player.

Singapore women's table tennis team is guaranteed of a medal after defeating Malaysia 3-0. Paddlers Yu Mengyu, Feng Tianwei and Isabelle Li will face Thailand in the finals.

Go Singapore team! Go!

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Sabah Quake : Day of National Remembrance for Singapore

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PM Lee Hsien Loong has declared 8 June, a Day of National Remembrance for Singapore. State flags on all Government buildings are flown at half-mast. One minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues.

So heart breaking to learn that 8 bodies recovered from Mount Kinabalu have been identified as 1 teacher and 6 students from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS), and an adventure guide who was with them. As a mother, my heart aches badly for the parents of the 6 children who perished at such young tender ages.

Thanks to the Malaysian authorities, the search and rescue teams and hospital staff in KK, and all our officers in KK and Singapore who are working tirelessly in the rescue and recovery efforts.

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DPM Tharman and Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat arriving at TKPS 

Together with hundreds of Singaporeans, I visited the Condolence Site at Tanjong Katong Primary School's (TKPS) this afternoon to pay my tribute. DPM Tharman and Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat arrived a while later.

Please pray for those that have yet to be found ... 2 more Singaporeans are out there. Deepest condolences to the parents of the victims. May the families and students of TKPS get strength during this difficult time.


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When an earthquake occurred on the early morning of 5 June, Mount Kinabalu was affected. A group of 30 local mountain guides (mainly Dusuns of Ranau) geared up for a rescue mission of stranded climbers up on top of the mountain.
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Notice the size of the boulder that fell. Three mountain guides were seen heading up to provide assistance. The falling rocks from above completely wiped out the original wooden staircase. Climbers were stranded for nearly an hour while the mountain guides slashes trees and create a safe new path for the climbers to descend.

The route at Mount Kinabalu were covered by fallen rocks and boulders. Rescuers and stranded climbers have to pass though the debris field.

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Two mountain guides Robbi Sapingg and Joseph Selungin died while helping climbers. The mountain guides are going beyond their duties, risking their lives in order to continue the rescue mission.

Photo credit : Safrey Sumping Ssp

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Photo credit : MountKinabalu.com

I salute all these unsung heroes of Friday's quake. On behalf of Singapore, I thank all of you!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Indian Heritage Centre 印度传统文化馆

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We went on a tour of the newly opened Indian Heritage Centre organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations. Assembling at the association building before two buses brought 80 of us to Little India.

A docent led us through the 4-storey museum which is divided into 5 themes, housing more than 440 artefacts.

我和几位宗亲们参加由新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会主办的"新加坡文化之旅 - 印度传统文化馆", 探索印度文化。上午大家在宗乡总会集合,分乘2辆巴土,前往小印度。

新落成的印度传统文化馆外观设计结合传统与现代印度元素,馆内有五个展区, 另外还有活动区及屋顶花园。

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a replica of the luggage brought onboard a ship heading to Singapore
在前往新加坡的船上, 印度移民所带的行李

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The Indian Heritage Centre opened on 8 May 2015. We were introduced to the pioneers in Singapore’s Indian community which has been here since 1819. We learnt about their contributions to the making of Singapore over the years.

印度传统文化馆于今年5月8日开幕。五个展区包括新加坡印度社群的历史文化、宗教起源以及南亚和东南亚印裔族群的社会发展及贡献。展出文物超过440件, 许多文物由本地和海外印度族群捐赠。

博物馆讲解员为我们介绍几位南亚先驱人物。印度社区从1819年在新加坡落户, 多年来为建国做出了贡献。


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Some interesting artefacts include wood carvings, stone statues, the bronze bust of Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi, ornaments meant for the Hindu deities etc.

The final gallery showcases the contributions of notable pioneers in Singapore from the late 1950s to 1980s. They include former President S R Nathan and Mr S Rajaratnam, who drafted our national pledge.

一些有趣的文物包括木雕,石刻像,印度民族主义领袖甘地的半身铜像,装饰印度庙宇神像的金饰饰品等 。

最后一个的展区展示我国新加坡显著印裔人士的贡献, 其中包括前总统纳丹, 草拟公民信约的已故副总理拉惹勒南等。

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There were free samplings of Indian food at a street carnival outside the museum. I tried some Indian sweets, kacang puteh and vegetarian briyani.

Around 12 noon, we proceeded to an Indian restaurant for a briyani rice buffet lunch.

当天印度传统文化馆外还有街头嘉年华会, 可以尝尝免费的印度糕点。活动结束后, 我们到附近的印度餐厅品尝美食,体验印度族群的饮食文化。
午餐后,我们乘巴士返回宗乡总会。

Admission to the Indian Heritage Centre is free for all Singaporeans.
印度传统文化馆门票 :  所有新加坡人免费。


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