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Singapore Zoo’s River Safari

Last week, I went to the Singapore Zoo’s River Safari for the first time in my life. In fact, the last time I went to the Singapore Zoo was in 2010! And, that was for the Night Safari.

It was my brother’s company’s family day, and he purchased tickets for the whole family. I was actually quite excited since 1) I have not seen the pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai, since their arrival, 2) I have not taken photos of anything else but my dog, Wangzai, in a while, and 3) it is always great to go out with the whole family. (more…)

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Willing Hearts and Helping Hands

VML Qaisians skipped work last week and went to Willing Hearts to lend our hands for a day as a part of the 10th annual VML Foundation Day.

At the end of the day, I simply could not imagine the effort Willing Hearts and their daily pool of volunteers have to put in on a day to day basis without “tourists” like us. Kudos to those amazing unsung heroes at Willing Hearts!

Check out what the rest VMLers worldwide did that day.

RE: Jubilee Baby Gift Comments

Reading all these comments about the Singapore jubilee baby gift thingee got me thinking; Maybe all we need is to find a way to connect these yr2015 babies to every Singaporeans. Maybe give a gift from the human perspective instead of things material.

Play along with me here. Imagine an ideal world; We can haz a website with photos of all the yr2015 babies’ little pink (some yellow, jaundice of course) hand, extending their 5 tiny fingers (geddit? SG50?). No publicity, no big deal. Simple camera, a simple white background and a tiny pudgy hand for each shot. Anyone can do this. But, collectively, only the government can execute the whole project.

And, behind the photos are their names. Perhaps, allow the parents to update their status for a short period of time. I could imagine that some of these babies doing well, and some might leave us too early one way or another. But, thats the human connection, the human story that may binds us as a community.

I wonder how did NPTD did their user research? Perhaps, they were asking the wrong questions, or maybe the wrong people. Ultimately, I do believe the people at NPTD meant well, and the commentors just wanted to be heard. Remember, we are all humans and we crave to connect.

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Wheeler’s Yard

Wheeler’s Yard must have, or soon to have, one of the most photographed facades of a cafe ever. It also must be one of the most spacious cafe in Singapore. Even the al fresco area, and the atas bike shop (or the bike atelier as it is called atas-ly), is sheltered by the hanger-like warehouse. It is really kid-friendly as well with all that space to run around. The overall experience with the space is very nice. And, that is the key about this cafe that will make me go back again.

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Temporium

Last week, I had two days off from work, and I decided to visit one of Papa Palheta establishments for a morning coffee each day. One of them is Temporium.

Temporium is a 6-month pop up wonderland, for homegrown creatives, craftpeople, and artists, initiated by Tofu and Breezeway. You can’t say you are pro-Singaporean without coming here.

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Craft Bakery & Cafe

Holland Village, or otherwise just Holland V, is a place you go, at best, for the al fresco atmosphere and/or late night desserts. Of course, there are the bars and live football matches, but I don’t drink alcohol so that is that. The food at the Holland Village Market & Food Centre is decent. Nothing to shout about. Then again, “decent” is hard to achieve these days for hawker food.

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Penny University

The east side of Singapore is well known for our local food heritage such as the famous Katong Laksa, or prawn mee noodles establishments at Joo Chiat and East Coast Road. Due to the growing trends in Singapore, brunch hang outs and hippy cafes are starting to pop up as fast as the dodgy KTV pubs along Joo Chiat change names.

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