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安静 – 周杰伦

Posted by – June 1, 2017

My cover for one of my favourite songs during my high school time.

Japanese green tea in Singapore 

Posted by – April 17, 2017

This shop in Somerset allows you to make 抹茶 (Japanese green tea ) by yourself, which is rarely seen in Japan. It was quite a good deal as well (4 SGD) for a sweet and tea set.

People here in Singapore love self-service including making your own tea. Except that I am not quite sure whether people here know how to make the proper maccha. Well, don’t forget to pay the 17% tax and service charge as well as making yourself a couple of tea:-)

And this is the tea I made.

Compared with the real one that I tried in Kyoto.

Pizza in Singapore is shirt 

Posted by – March 12, 2017

I spent 26 dollars for a margarita pizza here in Singapore . What I got was a piece of biscuit with some thin slice of cheap cheese and some catch-up on top? 

Where is the chewy dough and mozzarella cheese and basil leaves, which are the essential ingrediants for a pizza to be claimed as a margarita pizza? 

Who can tell me where I can get real pizza in Singapore ?

I miss the Itlalian restaurant in Tokyo .

Life can be difficult

Posted by – February 20, 2017

She was by herself in the rain.

She didn’t know where to go to find her mother and a shelter.

She thought she would die in this cold rain without any food.

Life was difficult for her. However, she finds a shelter and a warm shoulder to sleep.

Our life can be as difficult as hers, but if we are lucky enough to find a warm shoulder to lean on one day, please don’t take that for granted.

It was an also good feeling to have someone who loves and show fondness to you, even she was just a cat.

打包还是带走

Posted by – January 1, 2017

新加坡的英语有很多特别的说法。这里我们来看看在咖啡馆里常用的对话。

“having here or take away?”

或者直接说“打包La”, most non-Chinese speakers in Singapore can understand “Da Pao”, which means take away.

那我们再看看其他国家的不同说法

“For here, or to go?” – 美国

“Have here, or take away?” – 澳大利亚

“Is that to eat in or take away?”, “Eat in or take away?” – 英国

 

My first teak writing desk

Posted by – December 11, 2016

I came across a furniture shop at Buona Vista and loved some of the craftsman furniture there. A further research on the Internet led me to order a desk with the solid teak wood. It is a very durable wood type that is native to South East Asia and is beloved by many early European colonist.

This is my first big investment in furniture, as I have been moving to different countries for the last a few years and always hesitated to buy cheap ones and sell them when I leave the country. I have been always hesitated to buy a serious furniture that probably can last a lifetime. However, as I grow older, I felt it is time to make some of my belongs permanent.

The furniture shop showed me a few samples from his brochures, but I didn’t like any of them. So with some of the inspiration from the Internet, I started to design this piece. After a few email and prototype exchange of the desk with the furniture shop owner, we finally agreed upon a design that I like. It was a long wait, more than three months until I received the final work. I am quite happy with the final product except for some minor issues near the handler inside the drawer. But I am not living in Japan anymore. So I understand I should not expect a perfect product. It was a long wait, more than three months until I received the final work. He didn’t disappoint me. I am quite happy with the final product except for some minor issues near the handler inside the drawer. But I am not living in Japan anymore. So I should not be fussy and picky like the Japanese customers and not expect a perfect product.

Here it is, a solid teak writing desk made in Singapore.

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A hornbill came to my flat in Singapore 

Posted by – November 28, 2016

Occasionally, she came to the tree in front of my window. This is my first time to see a hornbill in real life. Maybe my flat is close to the Bukit Timah natural reserve.

Hot chick pizza in Singapore

Posted by – November 23, 2016

I am a vegetarian, but I still feel like some “hot chick” pizza like every young man does.

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Celery tofu soup in Chinese style 

Posted by – November 22, 2016

西芹番茄豆腐汤

 

English errors from ESL students – Verse 1

Posted by – November 12, 2016

Can you spot any errors in the below sentences? Please leave a comment below.

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  1. Please excuse me. I have to leave now to put my children to sleep.
  2. I am really busy right now. Can we discuss tomorrow?
  3. Only a few of us would get to make interesting things. This is sad. Would you prefer stacking shelves in a supermarket than making scientific instruments?
  4. We just met. Please don’t hold my hand. After people will gossip.
  5. I have a cocktail this Friday at the office. Would you like to join me?
  6. For a typical Singaporean breakfast, it doesn’t get better than a cup of Kopi with Kaya Toast and two half boiled eggs drizzled with dark soy sauce!
  7. I am 6 weeks pregnant. Is it recommended to drink snakehead fish soup (sang yu soup) during this time?
  8. Tickets will go on sale at 9AM BST on Tuesday 9th October and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  9. Sorry. I left only one Japanese crab. Can take local crabs instead?
  10. The CEO informed that he will increase everyone’s salary by 10 percent.
  11. Today’s census is expected to confirm that a greater proportion of the UK’s households now comprise of single parents, adult children living with their parents, or pensioners than 10 years ago when the last census was conducted.
  12. When we discuss about giving maids one day off Singaporeans worry about what the maids will do during their day off, yet they trust the maid to look after their expensive homes and their children.
  13. She said, ‘you can send me home but can not have supper with me because I am meeting my friends for supper.’  I took the opportunity first and locked her in by agreeing at 10pm, she finished work and hop into my car parked.
  14. I heard that you moved to Singapore permanently, where do you stay in Singapore?
  15. My dad doesn’t like that actress who tries to copycat the Americans.
  16. I didn’t want to choose a gift that can be found a duplication somewhere.
  17. I designed this album as a gift for my girlfriend with a photo-editing software. I wrote some sweet messages expressing my feelings of each photo.
  18. ST understands one new criteria could be for the presidential candidate to have experience working in an international sports federation.
  19. After 43 years of independence, Singapore comes a long way in terms of development, from a once fishing village to today’s bustling urban city.
  20. Persuading Japanese companies to do business with us is very challenging. During the meeting with one of business partners, Kodansha, the biggest publisher in Japan, I was bombarded with difficult questions.

Swift 3 – upgrade nightmare

Posted by – November 5, 2016

One of the things I don’t like about develop on Mac / iOS, is that you have to spend tremendous amount of time to maintain your project to deal with Apple’s fast yet messy language and library update.

It is so exciting that Swift 3 has released! But hold on. Here is the screenshot of my prject after pressing this magic and powerful “Convert to Swift3 syntax” button! What a nonsense, it is just a nightmare!

 

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What bothers American in Singapore

Posted by – October 18, 2016

Believe or not, what bothers an American most in Singapore, it is not the hot weather or chewing gum ban. It is the unavailability of what it is on the menu. If you go to a shop or resturaunt, often, you order something on the menu, but the staff will tell you the thing that you want to order is not available or sold out.

So once, one of my American friends told me what’s the point to put it on the menu to disappoint your customers .