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Singlish101: Pick Up Lines (EP4)

"You look familiar... have we met before?" I believe is a well, familiar, overused, ineffective and yet evergreen pick up line and question regardless where we are on earth.  In the past (before the 1960s), matchmaking was a common practice in Singapore. My grandparents were match made and only met each other once

A Peek into the National Gallery Singapore

@ National Gallery Singapore: 1 St. Andrew's Road, Singapore 178957 How to get to the National Gallery Singapore: Take the MRT and alight at City Hall station. Take Exit C. If you've watched the video of us at the National Gallery Singapore, clearly, art appreciation is probably secondary to our past time,

Weekday Office Lunch Culture in Singapore

In Singapore, lunch time frenzy is akin to Black Friday shopping, well almost. With a satisfying meal at a hawker centre or coffeeshop setting you back for as little as $3, most people head out of the office for lunch, instead of bringing lunch from home. Just head to Raffles Place

Chinese New Year Practices at Home

1. Wearing red Word has it that the colour red frightened the Nian, which is a creature that appears during spring time to attack the villagers. Red also symbolises good fortune. People will wear red underwear as well to bring good luck, especially at the gambling table. While black represents death,

Singlish Words That Are More Like Sounds

Singlish sounds

Although more Singlish words have made their way into the English dictionary (read BBC article here), there are still many that haven't. Here are more common words (or sounds) which you might overhear while out and about in Singapore. 1. Gai gai This is used on kids tell them (or lure them)

Things That You Hear During Chinese New Year

As Chinese New Year approaches, some people feel like it is a the start of a repeated cycle - the food (the weight gain), the ang pows (red packets) the people, the conversations, the words. Amidst the festivity, here's unveiling the softer side of CNY visiting. 1. Standard questions One thing that’s

The Most Used Adjective in Singapore: Nice

The most used word in Singapore to describe food, weather, people, places and any thing else positively is…… drumroll, the word “nice”. Yup, we know how incredibly all-encompassing and versatile this word is. Singaporeans use 'nice' in almost every context. He’s a nice guy. The movie was quite nice. These people are really nice. Nice

Celebrating Christmas in Singapore @ Elyn’s

@ Elyn's house in Singapore Merry Christmas to one and all! We are so blessed to have close family and friends every year to celebrate the season with! The Christmas must-haves ham and turkey were home-made this year - it's awesome to have food-talented friends! :) Elyn clearly spent most of

Enjoying Indian Food… and Fish Eyes (Banana Leaf Apolo)

@ The Banana Leaf Apolo: 54 Race Course Road, Singapore 218564. Alight at Little India MRT station, and walk along Race Course Road. Well are we fortunate to get Indian food here! Whoo~! Sometimes we crave some spiciness and flavour, and what better way to satisfy it than having a whole range

Remembering Mr Lee Kwan Yew

Where would Singapore be without you Mr Lee Kwan Yew? The Soak in Singapore team would like to express our sincere gratitude, appreciation and respect to you for building us a home Singapore. May your spirit of tenacity and excellence live on in us. Please visit http://leekuanyew.straitstimes.com/ST/index.html   [showmyads]

Chinese Traditional Lion Dance

Since we lived near this shopping centre, we had the good fortune to be able to experience live lion dance performances over Chinese New Year here performed by different troupes. The performances were really awesome because the lions had to do tricks and stunts on poles two metres off the

Chinese New Year: Reunion dinner | Reunion lunch

Reunion dinner is a major and important affair for a Chinese family. It is a time where family members gather and well, reunite, over a good meal. More often than not, those living overseas return to Singapore in time for reunion dinner (or lunch) and stay on to celebrate Chinese

Things People Do During Chinese New Year Visiting

Chinese New Year is around the corner once again! If you get invited to a friend's house for a CNY gathering, here's what you can expect! 1. Having a steamboat dinner Singaporeans love steamboat. It's probably one of the easiest kind of meals to prepare for a group of people without messing

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