Monday, August 31, 2015

Treasure SG Photowalk - Aug '15

Treasure Hunters, heads up! Heard of Treasure SG? Well, I have. In fact, I have been following since May and tried to hunt for the treasure which is actually special coins hidden in various location. Read below rules for information. So far, I have not been able to guess the locations of the coins. Possibly because the clues are pretty hard! Then I stumbled upon Peatix that Treasure SG is conducting  photowalk around one of the iconic location in Singapore! We get to explore the vicinity, discover the history behind, capture some nice photos, and get to know more people or fellow treasure hunters in the meantime! Ha~~! Venue is a secret but we would be notified towards nearer to the date of photowalk! Great opportunity~ I won't miss it! And guess the secret venue?

Treasures
Credit : Treasure SG
"Treasure SG is a nationwide treasure hunt that will take place throughout year 2015 in celebration of SG50. Every month, treasures will be drop around Singapore at different locations, with clues being release on Treasure SG Facebook Page & Instagram. Following these clues, participants can go around Singapore to hunt for treasures and stand a chance to win attractive prizes. There will also be monthly online contests for participants to win prizes as well!"
Rules of Treasure Hunts
  1. Treasures in the form of coins will be hidden around various locations in Singapore. There will be 3 - 10 silver coins and 1 gold coin hidden monthly.
  2. Clues to these locations will be drop on Treasure SG Facebook Page and Instagram. Participants are encouraged to be a fan of both social media in order to be aware of the clues when they are release.
  3. Participants will have to solve the clues and go down to the locations in order to look for the hidden coins.
  4. Finders of the silver coins will get to win a consolation prize (vary every month), provided that they fulfil all the necessary conditions.
  5. Finder of the gold coin will get to win the monthly grand prize (top prize worth a minimum of $300, vary every month too), provided that he/she fulfils all the necessary conditions.
  6. Finders of the coins can get to keep the coins located as memento for participating in Treasure SG, once the whole event has ended.
  7. Finders of the coins are required to fulfill these necessary conditions:
i)     Take a Selfie with the coin at the location where the coin is found
ii)    Post the photo on Treasure SG Facebook Page or Instagram with #treasuresg or send the photo via email to treasuresg@outlook.com
iii)   The above must be done within 1hr when the coin is located
iv)   Submit an online form indicating their particulars, as well as fulfill any other necessary mechanics if applicable


The Secret Venue

Take a look at the below photo for clue.
Fishing at the River.
Errmmm.... Excuse me, Ah Boy ah, your fishing rod is broken!
After an ice breaking introduction of ourselves and how we got to know about this event, we were asked to form into groups of 9 and we were given a piece of paper to "hunt down" a list of pictures and upload onto instagram, hash-tagging Treasure SG as well as our group name. A group of winners would be selected based on the number of correct photos submitted. Creativity will be considered should there be no clear winners. Winners would walk away with a bag of old school goodies!
Sir Stamford Raffles who founded Singapore

As I was the only local around in my team, which surprised me because a couple of them looked more local than I do. haha~ I brought my team around searching for sculptures and statues. Yes, majority on the list is about the sculptures which I had blogged about sometime ago but I must admit there are parts of the Singapore River which I am not familiar with. The rest listed are Rainbow Building, Singapore Playgrounds, Oldest Bridge in Singapore and the location of First Bridge over Singapore River and Love Locks. It was pretty easy to find the answers if you were to google. My group is a fun loving group and the photos were fantastic. I was glad to know them and we enjoyed ourselves very much.
Singapore River

Although this was not a guided tour, but we got to learn some facts about the Singapore River. Initially, we were confused about the oldest bridge and the first bridge because literally, aren't they the same bridge? Yes, they should be the same bridge but according to Google, we found the Oldest Bridge to be Cavenagh Bridge (1868) but the First Bridge is Elgin Bridge (1929)  Elgin Bridge has the year of construction listed below the bridge's name. Hey, that's strange ! And wait a minute! Notice the years they were built? Shouldn't the first bridge Cavenagh Bridge since it was built in 1868? Further reading mentioned that the current location where Elgin Bridge is located is where the first bridge was being built. Prior to the construction of the current bridge. It was a footbridge which was replaced by a wooden drawbridge (also known as Monkey Bridge) in 1822. Then, the bridge was demolished and a wooden footbridge replaced it. Finally, this was also demolished and replaced by the current existing bridge. Glad to be here and learnt something new.

If you wanna see the instagram photowalk we had yesterday, check this out!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book of the month: 冰雪公主 The Snow Princess

Have you noticed I seldom introduce Chinese books in my blog? One of the very reason is that Little One speaks Chinese at home and I think it is better to brush up her English by borrowing or buying more English books. This month, however, I would like to introduce a Chinese book ,another favorite bedtime story which Little One likes, titled 冰雪公主. This is a Chinese storybook which I had bought from Grassroots Book Room. A personal favorite of mine when I want to search for Chinese books for Little One as it sells mainly Chinese books. This book was chosen by Little One herself. Tell me which girl does not like princesses? 

冰雪公主

埃米莉·霍金斯著 ; 丽莎·埃文斯绘 ; 霍霍译.This book, I find, suitable for pre-schoolers and lower primary. It is actually translated from the English version, The Snow Princess by Emily Hawkins, illustrated by Lisa Evans.

Synopsis 
Cursed with a fragile heart of ice, a young princess was sent to live alone in a snow palace. One prince after another tried to save the princess and win her hand in marriage, but every one of them failed. It was only when she started to appreciate the love and friendship right under her nose that the princess found the power to break the curse.


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Review
Personally, I like the story. Although the starting was pretty sad to know that the young princess had to live in a cold palace at the top of the mountain all by herself. But hope and love is always within reach.  That is the morale of the story. This is one of Little One's favorite. Otherwise she will not keep asking me to repeat the story night after night.

What I like about this story is also the illustrations. They are beautiful. It is no wonder that it captures Little One's attention when she first saw it. You may want to take a peep here for the illustrations. This is not the first time we were exposed to the illustrator's work. We read The Nutcracker by Emma Goldhawk earlier this year which was also illustrated by Lisa Evans.

The book is rather textured, very similar to some textured book you see in baby books. Almost all the pages have some textured features. I am referring to the snowflakes, flowers , vines. It seemed that the Spot UV technique is used but I can't be sure. For the cover, a coarser texture is used. It looked like sparkled glue is used but it is not. haha... it seemed that the book made me very interested to know how the textures are done.


If you are interested in reading the book, you may want to check with Grassroots. Otherwise, you may want to borrow from the library. I may try to borrow the English version. :)

Link as below:

http://catalogue.nlb.gov.sg/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/EXPNOS/BIBENQ/4485355/75398516,1 Chinese


http://catalogue.nlb.gov.sg/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/FULL/EXPNOS/BIBENQ/4485719/257009,10 (Nutcracker)


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Miniature Food Art

"This are not real food? Sure or not?" This was the response I get from my facebook personal account when I post the photographs of the workshop I attended last Saturday. Even my hubby was impressed. In fact, he took one photo of the miniature together with his finger to show how small it was. (Last photo of this post). Little girls could not resist the miniature. One of them was spotted playing with the instructor's display set. (Middle picture of the first photo)

Last Saturday, I was so excited to attend Miniature Food Art organised by the library led by AiClay (http://www.aiclay.com/) to make my favorite Nonya Kueh- Ang Ku Kueh, Kueh Lapis Sagu, Kueh Dadar ( Kueh Ketayap) using polymer clay. The instructor from AiClay even brought a set of real kueh into the class. The smell was very tempting! It provoked a series of loving memories I had for these kueh. I forgot to ask the instructor where she gets the kueh from.

We were showed step by step live using what looked like a microscope which was projected onto a screen. How advanced!

There was even a discount offer to buy their Pocket Kitchen Set for sale. I admit it is very tempting but I do not have the budget. :(
I was pretty excited looking at these miniature cakes and pastries the instructor. Looks like a lot of effort is required.

Most of the items required to make the kuehs are here.
I would not talk more on Ang Ku Kueh since I have blogged on that before. I would blog on the 2 other kueh instead.

I used to like peeling Lapis Sagu layer by layer to eat when I was a child. It is said that by doing that, you are savoring or enjoying your life slowly. When I grow up, I think eating that way is a bit troublesome and I prefered to eat the Indonesian Kueh Lapis instead. Both are made layers by layers. Major difference are Lapis Sagu is more colourful, always 9 layers and is steamed while Kueh Lapis are in 2 tones of brown and is baked.
Grazing Kueh Lapis Sagu and Kueh Dadar after baking. See how many Lapis Sagu I had made but only the best ones will sit on the wooden tray.

Ta-dah! Presenting the Ang Ku Kueh, Kueh Dadar and Kueh Lapis Sagu. So mini and so cute! We can use it as a magnet just by sticking a magnet at the back. Otherwise, it would be a contribution to Little One's Kitchen Play Set.
Kueh Dadar is one of my favorite too! It is a crepe with grated coconut fillings! Yum! Among the 3 miniature nonya kueh that were taught in this workshop, I think this is probably the most difficult to make. I do not know why but the green crepe, which I had made coarse with sandpaper, tend to fold into waves when I was scrapping it gently from the tile. Hence I had some problems trying to unfold the miniature skin. The recipe for this kueh however seemed easy enough to make. Perhaps one day, I would try!

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