Friday, December 02, 2016

Reskilling for Jobs and Lifelong Learning - SkillsFuture Programme 终生学习和技能掌握之旅


I receive my S$500 SkillsFuture credit from the government on January and have yet to claim it.

Any Singapore Citizen above the age of 25 is eligible for an initial S$500 SkillsFuture credit that we can use to learn new skills or for skills development. These credits can be used on top of any government subsidies, and they will not expire. The government will provide periodic top-ups, so I might accumulate my credits.


I had some difficulty understanding the claiming process initially as it was so confusing with the many courses and different subsidies, I gave up trying until November when I realise the year was coming to an end and I have not utilise my SkillsFuture credits yet.

So on 18 November 2016, I went to NTUC Learning Hub at Bras Basah to consult a customer service representative. She simply told me to "check the website lah". *facepalm*

So my long journey of understanding the SkillsFuture Programme starts all over again.

Not everyone is computer savvy nor has access to a computer, if one has to go through so much trouble to claim the credits, he/she would just give up.


There are more than 10,000 courses to choose from. I decided on what I want to learn and started comparing the training providers and the syllabus of their courses. Glad that the courses I want to sign up for do not need to be related to my work.

I went to Lifelong Learning Institute at Paya Lebar and was fortunate to meet a Ms Lam who guided me on the registering process and gave me lots of info on courses. She was very encouraging and recommended me to Asian Culinary Institute which was on the 3rd level of the building. I went to take a look and was truly impressed by the set up and courses. They have short 1-day courses too.


I was in Jurong East visiting a relative on a Thursday when I noticed e2i West at Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability. Curious, I went in to make enquiries and was served by a friendly and helpful Susan who walked me through the various programmes. She even photocopied some course information for me. Wow. Thumbs up!

Our Government hope to encourage workers to "learn at every age". For Singaporeans aged 40 and above, a minimum of 90 per cent of training costs for Government approved courses will be subsidised. Some needy citizens would even be paid for the hours of their training.

Armed with more knowledge and better understanding of using my SkillsFuture Credit, I shortlisted 3 short practical courses and proceeded to register personally at ITE College East.


I am placed on waiting list for one course and am successfully registered for the other two. I am looking forward to going back to school, learning new skills and making new friends. haha....

With over 10,000 SkillsFuture courses on offer,  take ownership of your self-development and career progression by planning your learning journey before using your SkillsFuture Credit.

The credit can only be used for education and training in Government-supported courses. These include courses at PA, polytechnics, universities and institutes. You can also use it to subsidise courses by the Workforce Development Authority, or WDA. Explore the full list of approved courses at the SkillsFuture Credit Course Directory here.

For videos and user guides on claiming your SkillsFuture Credit, click this help 

Have fun learning!

e2i (Employment and Employability Institute)
Telephone: 6474 0606
Operating hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

e2i West
Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Level 2, Singapore 609607

Workforce Singapore (WSG) Career Centres
Telephone: 6883 5885
Operating Hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Saturdays: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
 Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

Lifelong Learning Institute @ Paya Lebar 11 Eunos Road 8, #02-02, Singapore 408601


今年一月, 每名25岁以上的新加坡人都获得首笔总值S$500的未来技能培训补助, 接下来政府会定期填补款额。这笔培训补助未设使用期限,我们可随时利用补助。 大家可以利用未来技能培训补助进修, 供选择的课程超过一万项,涵盖57个领域。

这些课程包括获新加坡劳动力发展局津贴的新技能资格(WSQ)技能课程、大专学府和工艺教育学院、人民协会、银发族资讯通信中心 (Silver Infocomm Junction)等办的课程。

从网站 www.skillsfuture.sg/credit 查询课程名单, 课程有中餐烹饪、基本电脑课程、一些课程以网上学习为授课方式,也有短期的进修课程。

这两个月我忙着研究有哪些项目或课程能够让我参与,提升自我,学习新技能,活到老学到老。我选的进修课程都没有测验或评估,没有‘压力’。

明天, 设在巴耶利峇终身学习学院的 Asian Culinary Institute 将举行开放日, 到时可以看到名厨的示范。大家可以去看看, 并利用未来技能培训补助进修课程。


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Noodles with Sesame and Peanut Sauce (Vegetarian) 芝麻花生酱凉拌面


On the first day of every lunar month, my hubby and elders at home will be on a vegetarian diet for the whole day.

I love to use sesame sauce in some of my dishes and it just so happens I have a ready jar of home made sesame and peanut sauce in my fridge. I am preparing this vegetarian noodle dish - noodle with sesame and peanut sauce for my family today.

今天初一长辈们吃素, 准备这道芝麻花生酱凉拌面给他们吃。

我因喜欢芝麻酱,其制作方法又简单易学, 所以自己在家做。准备工作也不用特别多, 很多人都可以尝试制作芝麻花生酱。今天做的芝麻酱加上花生酱, 香上加香!这一小瓶芝麻花生酱,大约两周时间可吃完。可用来做汤丸馅、拌豆腐、拌生菜、夹吐司、凉拌鸡丝、火锅酱汁等等。


Homemade Sesame and Peanut Sauce  (No preservatives)
自制唇齿留香的芝麻花生酱 (无添加)

Ingredients 原料 :

white or black sesame seeds 白芝麻 /黑芝麻     100 g
raw peanuts 生花生  (也可以不放)               150 g
olive oil /peanut oil 橄榄油 (花生油也可以)  4 tbsp (汤匙)
salt 盐                                                               1 1/2 tsp (茶匙)
sugar 糖                                                            3 tsps (茶匙)

Note : Add seasonings according to your taste, you might find my sauce is slightly bland as I do not like too much salt and sugar in my home made sauces.

** 根据自己的口味放入盐、糖

Method 做法 :

Fry raw peanuts in a wok until slightly toasted, remove the skins of the peanuts.
生花生要先用锅炒颜色微变,然后去掉外层。

Lightly toast white sesame seeds in a wok. Blend toasted sesame seeds together with peanuts, sugar, salt and olive oil.
将白芝麻在无水无油的锅里炒至颜色微变,然后混合花生、糖、盐、油放进搅拌机里搅拌成酱。

Pour the mixture into a glass jar, Store in fridge for two weeks only.
芝麻花生酱倒入玻璃罐中保存为了保鲜,可放入冰箱里。
在冰箱中的储存时间不应该超过两个星期。 

Sesame sauce tastes more fragrant with the addition of peanuts.
加了花生的芝麻酱, 香味更浓郁, 很特别! 


Noodles with sesame and peanut sauce
芝麻花生酱凉拌面 

Ingredients 原料 :

vermicelli noodles 面条                              200 g 
sesame and peanut sauce 芝花生酱         60 g 
salt 盐                                                         1/4 tsp (茶匙)       
sesame oil 油                                      1 tsp  (茶匙) 
soy sauce 生抽                                           1 1/2 tbsp (汤匙) 
plain water 清水                                         200 ml 
cucumber - cut into strips 黄瓜                  half a stick 半根 
carrot cut into strips 胡萝卜                       half a stick 半根  

Method 做法

1) Par boil noodles and rinse in cooled boiled water. Drain and set aside.
       面条煮熟后捞出,放入冷水中过凉后沥干。过水一定要用凉开水。

2)Spoon sesame and peanut sauce into a bowl, add in water slowly and mix             until the mixture is smooth and not lumpy.
        将芝麻花生酱放入碗中,倒入清水不断地画圈儿搅匀,直到没有块状把芝麻花生酱搅拌成既黏稠又能流动的状态。



3)Add in soy sauce, salt and sesame oil to mix well.
        倒入生抽,盐和香油搅匀备用。

4)Place noodles on a plate, spoon some sesame and peanut sauce over the                 noodles and mix well. Add in cucumber and carrot strips.
        把面放入盘中,入芝麻花生酱搅匀再将切成细丝黄瓜丝和萝卜丝放在盘中。最后,撒上一层芝麻即可。



吃芝麻酱的好处 :

芝麻酱拌面有健脾开胃的功效,能够均衡营养吸收,增强免疫力,并且易于消化吸收。

芝麻酱含有的丰富的铁、钙、蛋白质、磷、核黄素和芳香的芝麻酚,这些都是儿童身体生长发育所需的营养要素。

对于预防缺铁性贫血、佝偻病以及促进骨骼、牙齿的发育,都大有益处。

芝麻酱含高钙高铁,是中老年人食物补钙、补铁的一种理想的保健食品。

芝麻酱中所含的亚油酸和芝麻素,有软化血管和降低体内"坏胆固醇"的功效,因而,常吃芝麻酱,可预防冠心病等心血管疾病。

芝麻酱含有丰富的卵磷脂,可防止头发过早变白或脱落;

芝麻含有大量油脂,有很好的润肠通便作用;   

常吃芝麻酱能增加皮肤弹性,令肌肤柔嫩健康;  

好的芝麻酱能起到提味的作用,这就是火锅麻酱的好处。

Friday, November 25, 2016

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 消除对妇女的暴力行为国际日


On 7th Febuary 2016 (Chinese New Year Eve), I was at Singapore Hainan Tan Clan Association to offer prayers to my late parents-in-law when I was assaulted and my mobile phone snatched from my hands by a member, Tony. There were many members and their families present but the Hainanese men chose to sit and watch as I cried for help.

I can't wait to put up the video of that fateful day and show the faces of the men who watched me get whack! I am going to name them. Let's wait for the trial.

I am a victim, but I have to go through so much inconvenience, trouble and obstacles to file police reports. I have YET to get my justice but the men are attempting to pressure my husband and I to drop the case. I say "NO!"  


For years, several women in the clan and I were constantly harassed by Tony, I wrote complaints to the President and the council members. They didn't do anything to protect the female members. For more than a year, I was told to endure the public humiliation and harassment from Tony for 4 times. When I was hit the second time, enough is enough.

The first time I was hit, it was right in front of a deputy president and his wife, when I stood up for him as Tony harassed him on the closure of the clan's karaoke. When I wanted to make a police report after I was hit, the deputy president stopped me and told me he would handle Tony. The President and several council members were present.
Shortly after, when the deputy president heard that I was seeing lawyers, he called for a lunch meeting at Prego Restaurant & Deli at Swissotel The Stamford. He assured my husband and I, Tony would not harass me again.  

When the Chinese New Year Eve assault incident happened, this couple did not call to check on me, let alone apologise or feel bad. Until today, this incredible couple have the gall to give me the cold shoulder and black faces whenever we are in the same room.

The President and his council members were not apologetic, a few even remarked "this is a private matter between you two (Tony and I)!" I will bring this to the relevant authorities for advice and action.  

Women should not submit to 
injustice from anyone.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Resolution 54/134).

Women have the right to live their lives free from violence in all its forms. Every day, thousands of women across the world are subject to rape, beatings, torture, physical intimidation and murder by male intimate partners, family members, acquaintances, colleagues, soldiers, men in civil authority and strangers.

The implementation and enforcement of laws to protect women are essential. It is unacceptable that violence against women so often goes under-recognised and under-accounted for. It is often an issue that is left up to women to fix, but men from families, workplaces, friendship groups and wider communities should all be involved in the eradication process.

As women, together we stand.

1999年12月17日,联合国大会通过决议指定11月25日为“消除对妇女的暴力行为国际日”。

在2016年2月7日(农历新年除夕),我在新加坡海南陈氏公会拜祭我家翁家婆时, 被一个会员Tony殴打, 手机也被抢。有很多会员和他们的家人在场,即使我当时高喊"救命!", 但这些海南人却眼睁睁坐着观看我被打。我先生要报警时, 还被阻止。

我们等着上法庭。多亏有摄像机, 我会把这些海南人的摸样放上网, 让大家看看这些冷漠无情的男人, 怎么对待一个手无寸铁的女人。

我和几位女会员在新加坡海南陈氏公会这几年, 都不时被 Tony 骚扰, 我被打两次。第一次在一个副会长和他老婆前面, 我为他说话被打, 他不让我报警, 还说他会处理。

当他知道我去咨询律师时, 两夫妻就约我和先生吃午餐, 说服我不要打官司, 他保证 Tony 不会再找我麻烦。言犹在耳, Tony 就选在除夕日出手打我。我已经忍无可忍。

我第二次被打, 那对保证人夫妻, 会长与理事们不闻不问, 不道歉, 还给压力我们撤销案件; 现在大家见面他们还黑头黑脸给我看。上警察总部报警, 还有更离谱的事发生呢!

我们妇女有权享受没有暴力和暴力恐惧的生活。每天,世界各地成千上万的妇女遭受男性亲密伴侣,家庭成员,熟人,同事,士兵,民事当局的男子和陌生人的强奸,殴打,酷刑,身体恐吓和谋杀。

令人不能接受的是,制止侵害妇女的暴力行为经常得不到充分承认, 不时留给妇女解决。执行保护妇女的法律至关重要, 通过并强制执行国家法律, 大家一起来制止侵害妇女的暴力行为 。

我们共同呼吁终止对妇女和女童的暴力行径。


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