Introducing Singapore Cuisine to the World

Singapore has a lot of things to offer especially when it comes to teasing your taste buds. The locals and the tourists see this. This is the reason why Mr. Harry Ang decided to put up a Singapore inspired  restaurant in Vietnam. Mr. Ang is a Singaporean but he has been residing in Vietnam for thirteen years. In thirteen years, he missed Singapore so much that he put up at least ten Singapore inspired food restaurant throughout Vietnam. He always travels to Singapore to get the ingredients for his restaurants. This is to make sure that the ingredients  are fresh and truly Singapore.

His restaurants offer Singapore dishes like:

Char Kway Teow

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Char Kway Teow is a famous dish here in Singapore. It is considered one of the national dishes. It is prepared by boiling rice noodles. The rice noodles are then mixed to soy sauce, shrimp paste, sausages and vegetables.

Chilli Crab

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Vietnamese should taste the famous Chilli Crab. Chilli Crabs are very tasty and delectable that Singaporeans always eat this.  Chilli Crab is prepared with sauce or rice.

Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Hainanese Chicken Rice is a very simple dish yet it captured the heart of locals and Vietnamese. The dish is made steamed white chicken coupled with rice, soy sauce and chicken soup. This is famous that airline companies include this in their menu.

Doing business in another country is hard but if you want to do it, you should try your luck. Mr. Ang was very fortunate. Aside from the profits, he thought about introducing Singapore cuisine to the world and Vietnam is only the start.

How to Ensure the Safety of Your Child

Kids are typically curious about anything. They will touch things without thinking what it is. That is purely understandable because that is their nature. They have to feel things even painful ones so they will know how serious it is. As a parent, it is important that you guide your kids and ensure that they are safe always. You can begin by:

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Watch over your kid all the time

If it is possible, never leave your kids unattended. You should watch over your kid all the time. If they climb high chairs or beds, they might fall. If you are not following them, they will surely fall all the time.

Keep chemicals out of their reach

Cleaning chemicals and other poisonous chemicals should be stored in high places and make sure it is unreachable by your kids.

Keep sharp objects out of their reach

Sharp objects like forks, scissors, knives and cutters should be kept securely. Sharp objects should be stored in high places to make sure it is unreachable. They might play with these sharp objects.

If you have a pool, always lock the door leading there

If you have a pool, make sure to lock the door leading there. Kids are drawn to waters. To avoid drowning accidents, always lock the door.

There was an accident that shook the world of the parents of Hanano Oyama. The baby girl encountered a drowning accident at Rivergate condominium last June 29, 2013. She was brain dead since then but on July 8, 2013, her parents decided to give her kidney and heart valves to two children. The donated organs will give life to two children.

The couple must be devastated with the loss. Indeed it is very painful to lose a child.

Singapore Cinematic Experience

If you want to indulge yourself for some movies, worry no more because here in Singapore, there is always something that you can consider. There are many cinemas that offer screenings of international blockbusters, local films and independent films. Every cinema house is an experience. You can begin with the following places:

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Shaw Theatre LIDO IMAX

Shaw Theatre LIDO IMAX lies in Orchard Road. It is the first theatre that featured the IMAX technology here in Singapore. When you consider this theatre, expect top of the line digital sound system and clear images on screens. Theatres at Shaw are designed steeply so there is no obstruction when you watch movies. If you want to ask something, you can simply email them at imax@shaw.com.sg or you can visit their website at Shaw.sg/imax.

Asian Films

If you want to watch Asian movies, you can go to Singapore International Film Festival held every April. It screens about two hundred films of different genres. The festival is dedicated to the growth and expansion of local film culture. It is the largest and longest-running film festival in the country.

Screening Room

Screening Room lies in The Arts House. The theatre hosted small film festivals like 2009 Italian Film Festival and Singapore Sun Festival. The Screening Room is comprised of 75 comfortable seats with high quality digital surround system and clear images or resolutions.

If you want more, there are other cinema houses that can offer you the best cinematic experiences. Whatever movie you prefer, the important thing is you enjoyed every moment of it. Happy watching!

Children’s Season 2013

As a parent, you should do your best to provide for your kids. Aside from the basic needs (such as food, clothing, security and education), you have to promote the kid’s mental, social, emotional and physical well-being. There are many activities that can facilitate their overall well-being. You just need to look for that perfect activity, support your kid and be there for them. Your presence and love can make a big difference at the end of the day.

In Singapore, there are many activities that give importance to kids and their development. The government is also giving importance to family and youth. This is all for the national development. In this case, if you are thinking about activities that your kids can join, here’s a list of things you can consider:

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Children’s Season 2013

The Children’s Season is an activity that presents military training, parade and battlefield fighting to the public. It will be on May 18 to June 30, 2013 at the Army Museum of Singapore (10am to 6pm except on Mondays). There are many activities in store for your kids there. The admission for children will cost S$3.00 while S$5.00 is asked from adults.

Science Centre Singapore

The centre houses theatres and observatories with the best telescope. Aside from that, there’s Snow City. Your kids will be awed.

Singapore Discovery Centre

SDC features galleries and exhibits about the Singapore Armed Forces. There are many interactive displays the kids can feel and experience.

Singapore Zoo

As a parent, you should teach your kids how to love and respect other life forms. In the zoo, they will see a lot of animals and they will appreciate their existence.

There are many places that offer different experience and learning that you can consider. Kids will surely enjoy the places.

See the International Smash Hit

Have you heard about Stomp? Stomp is back in Singapore to perform. They will again rock Singapore with new routines, latest music and choreography. The theatrical show has become a hit for more than 22 years with multiple awards. The group uses body and ordinary objects (like trolleys, plastic bags, bin covers, etc.) to create a lively performance.

The group is composed of eight individuals or performers that do things in harmony to create rhythm, dance and portray emotions. When you hear the stomping, drumming and other feel-good noises, you will surely feel the rush and the happiness. This is a must-see theatrical show. Many people will surely not miss it especially if they read the phrase “back and better than ever”. Try not to miss it.  Here are some things you need to know about the show:

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When: You can choose what day to watch. The show will begin on June 18 (7:30pm). The next show will be on June 19 (7:30pm) followed by June 20 (7:30pm), June 21 (7:30pm), June 22 (2:00pm and 7:30pm) and June 23 (1:00pm and 5:00pm).

Where: Where else? Go directly to 10 Bayfront Avenue and head to Marina Bay Sands- Sands Theatre and try not to be late.

Restrictions: The show is for all. You can bring your kids here if you want. It will surely stimulate their creativity and imagination not to mention they can appreciate theatrical performances at an early age.

Tickets: If you want to get the best seat, you should book early. Early birds are entitled to choose their own seat. For VIP seats, expect S$150.00. A Reserve charges S$130.00, B Reserve charges S$105.00, C Reserve charges S$85.00 and D Reserve charges S$65.00.

Stomp may not return for a long time so grab this opportunity. Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Running

It is not too late to live a healthy life. It is important that you live healthy no matter how hard it might be because it is for your own benefit at the end of the day. You can begin by considering a balanced diet. You should be aware of the food you eat.

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For more information about balanced diet or nutrition, you can always refer to dieticians or nutritionists. They will surely help you understand and devise a meal plan. Physical activities are recommended especially to those with sedentary lifestyle. You can strike the gym if you like or you can simply get your running shoes and hit the road. Running has a lot of health benefits.

Running can manage your weight, tone legs, fight illness, relieve stress and improve body coordination among others. In Singapore, the government is doing its best to encourage the citizens to live a healthy life. They provide running routes. If you want to set out, make sure to have a company or let someone know where you are heading in case something happens. Here’s the list of some routes you can take:

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  • Extended roti pata – It is 6.4 miles or 10.4 kilometres. You will pass over Ang Mo Kio and Bishan Park.
  • 10km loop from Valley Park – It is 6.5 miles or 10.5 kilometres. You will pass over and circle Tanglin Road, Grange Road and Zion Road.
  • 14.2 km – It is 8.8 miles or 14.2 kilometres. You will pass over Ang Mo Kio and Hougang continuing to Tampines.
  • Around block 727 – It is 0.9 miles or 1.5 kilometres. You will encircle Jurong West Street 72, Jurong West Avenue and Jurong West Street 81.
  • PG jogging route – It is 0.9 miles or 1.5 kilometres. You will pass over Punggol Drive and Kaladoor.

Move to the Rhythm

If you want to witness performances other than ballet, there are many dance repertoires in store for you here in Singapore. You will surely enjoy and appreciate the dance and the rhythm. You can begin with the following performances:

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Bhaskar’s Academy of Arts

Bhaskar’s Academy of Arts is an Indian arts group supported and funded by the National Arts Council. To date, it is the only Indian academy of the arts here in Singapore. The academy is proud to present their Kathakali Troupe and art gallery. Members of Kathakali are especially trained in Kerala which is famous for its use of vibrant make-ups and complex hand and eye coordination. The dance troupe has performed at shows or events like the National Day Processions, HeritageFest and the popular Singapore Arts Festival. It received recognition and support from spectators in Malaysia, Japan and Taiwan.

Sri Warisan

Sri Warisan is popular for its Malay dance company. The dance company merges the traditional forms with contemporary forms. The members are well trained when it comes to dance, music and theatre. Sri Warisan was invited to perform for the opening of F1 Grand Prix Race last 2008. Their presence is known in Korea, Malaysia, Tokyo and other countries in the region. The company is comprised of thirty performing artists. They also train about two hundred student performers.

The Dance Ensemble

The Dance Ensemble is famous for promoting Chinese dance and arts here in Singapore. The troupe pushed their limits because they have performed at many dance and cultural festivals not only in Asia but around the world. The troupe is also supported and funded by the National Arts Council. The Dance Ensemble provides training and other upgrading plans for local talents.

If you are not contented, there are other theatres or performances that you can consider. You can for instance consider Singapore Dance Theatre, Lion Dance, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Bharatanatym and many more.

Nothing’s Perfect: Singapore’s Flaws

As much as you want to, you want to live in a perfect society but you know that it is near to impossible. You know that there is no such thing as Utopia or perfect society. No matter how developed and progressive a society is, there are still flaws. Singapore is not an exemption. Though it offers a lot of chances and opportunities for citizens and migrants, Singapore is not perfect.

There are people that never consider living in Singapore. You need to respect them for that. What are the things that they dislike about Singapore? Here’s a look:

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Full of rules

Implementing rules is necessary to discipline the society but there are times that too much may cause restlessness. Citizens and tourists will feel afraid to go out for the fear of committing something or if they go out, they will constantly look at their backs. That is plain tiring.

Singapore is dubbed as the “fine city” because there is a penalty for a single act that the government see harmful.

Architectural Uniformity

For others, architectural uniformity is a good feature but to some, it is not appealing.

Language

Many Singaporeans combine English and Singapore languages (Chinese, Malays and Tami). They refer it as “Singlish”. If you get stuck in this conversation, you will find it hard to decipher the words. Misunderstanding will happen.

Escalating cost of living

Singapore is famous for its standards or cost of living. In fact it is one of the expensive places to stay in Asia. The goods, services, transportation, food, fuel, houses are increasing every day.

Despite the flaws, Singapore is a place that offers many opportunities. If you set your heart to love it, it will grow on you.

Beerfest Asia 2013

You are looking for something every day. You just want to feel alive and gay but you don’t know what to consider. Good news for beer enthusiasts in Asia, Singapore will be having its 5th edition Beerfest Asia 2013. Get ready for the party and the overflowing beer.  Here’s what you need to know about the event:

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Highlights

Beerfest Asia is an annual event for beer enthusiasts in Singapore and the neighbouring region. The 5th edition will showcase different selection of beers and other beverage. This event will surely be “heaven on earth” for beer and beverage enthusiasts. The event is prepared by Beerfest Pte Ltd. Beer and beverage enthusiasts should expect more than 300 types of beers from around the world with live performances and comedy club.

Not only that, the fest will also conduct tasting training and beer or beverage sale. In fact, if you are inspired to make your own beer, you can purchase a kit and home brew your own beer. You can also see and experience an actual brewing or process in their Craft Beer Experience section where brewers can walk you through the actual brewing process.

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Where: The Beerfest will be held at Marina bay Street Circuit. The setting is perfect because you can see the F1 tracks and the Singapore Flyer.

Restrictions: The fest is for people 18 years older. It is strictly R18.

Tickets: You should buy tickets soon before it is too late. For 1-day standard pass on June 13 or June 15, it will cost you S$30.00. For a standard pass on June 14 or June 15, it will cost you S$40.00. For four-day pass, you will pay S$80.00. VIP pass on June 13 or June 16 will costs S$130.00 and VIP pass on June 14 or June 15 costs S$180.00. Festival + Comedy combo on June 13 or June 16 costs S$40.00 and Festival and Comedy combo on June 14 or June 15 costs S$50.00.

Adults Need Vaccines Too

When we talk about vaccines, we normally think of it as something only for babies and children. But that is not exactly right as adults should also be vaccinated against various diseases.

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State of Vaccination

In most developed countries, including Singapore and the U.S., free vaccination is provided by the state to babies and young children. That is all well as vaccines are proven to be an effective protection from common illnesses, such as influenza. However, not only children need vaccines – adults need them too.

Why Adults Need Vaccines

Some of our citizens – youth, adults and the elderly – have not been vaccinated when they were young. This makes them more susceptible to diseases that could have been prevented if only free vaccination is available to them. In some cases, adults may not be able to afford the current fee for vaccination, which ranges from $30 to more than $200. This is an often overlooked hindrance for these people from attaining optimum health.

Known Consequences

In the U.S., it was estimated that 3,000 to 50,000 people annually suffer from viral diseases because they have not been vaccinated. The same thing happens in Singapore. Here, despite widespread promotion of vaccines, a recent study found that 600 people still contracted a type influenza that should have been prevented by a vaccine. This makes it clear that adults need vaccines too.

Incorporate to MediSave

A simple way to make free vaccination available to everyone is by incorporating it to our current MediSave as provided by the healthcare system. In particular, we should vaccinate children and adults alike for viral diseases like influenza, different forms of hepatitis, and pneumonia (the third leading cause of death in the country).

By providing vaccines to adults, we won’t only be saving more lives, we can actually also save resources as this will reduce the need for hospital care.