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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): An amalgamation of humour, brilliance, and creativity

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) , aka “TCWWWSA” (yes, it is a mouthful) marks my first live show in over 3 years. Amidst all the ups and downs of the pandemic, watching this gave me some sense of normalcy. But I digress, walking into the theatre laden with flashing neon lights and the thumping bass of Electronic Dance Music was not quite what you would expect walking through the hallways of the KC Arts Centre. Feels more like stepping into a club, It was rather apt given the stage setup and creating a light-hearted atmosphere. 97 minutes and a surmised version of 37 plays, seems like an impossible feat at first glance, especially with a four-person cast. Playing a multitude of characters from the likes of Romeo and Juliet to Antony and Cleopatra, it was 97 minutes of pure enjoyment, with a slight Singaporean twist to it in certain parts.
The stage setup comprising of graffiti adorned walls and the steel structures juxtaposed with the traditionally dated works of Shakespeare was kind of giving us the signal that there this performance will retain some aspects of modernity. The show kicked off with a slightly exaggerated and perhaps inaccurate overview of Shakespeare’s background by the talented quartet comprising of Erwin, Dennis, Tia and Shane. Mainly for the laughs of course, after all it is a parody of his works. Now, here comes the fun stuff, a truncated re-enactment of Romeo and Juliet ending this bit with Romeo attempting to pry the bottle of poison from “Juliet” to no avail. As Juliet tells him “I cannot, Rigor Mortis” in the syllable timed, distinct Singaporean accent which we’ve all come to love. Sprinkling a little bit of home in Shakespeare. I like that.

Then came your not so average cooking show. Now Titus Andronicus is arguably one of Shakespeare’s more gruesome works, but the cast made it a little more palatable by incorportating some humour into their gruesome narration of the infamous pie (do google the plot at your own risk). Prior to watching the show, never in a million years did I expect see Othello performed as a rap. When the quartet burst out looking straight out of a 90s rap video. Decked out in fur jackets, gold chains and sunglasses, that was pretty eyebrow raising and a little unexpected. In a good way of course, just goes to show the unpredictable nature of the play as they zoom through the most essential parts of the Bard’s works while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.

The cursed Scottish play, also known as Macbeth, was what I would call, the ultimate parody. Performed as a folk song with tartan prints, fake beards and over the top Scottish accents. Had me in stitches, but the best was yet to come. The histories were presented in a rather unconventional manner. It’s not everyday which you get to see two cast members poking one another with what resembles honey dippers in red paint. However, their brilliance showed in this segment. With Dennis on the violin accompanied by Tia’s rapid-fire narration. Erwin and Shane timed their movements to each crescendo, decrescendo, and pizzicato of the violin. I will admit, I hardly caught much of it but the preciseness of this definitely caught my attention.

The cast saved the best for last, with Hamlet, rather appropriate considering that it is his longest play after all. With only a couple of minutes left out of the allotted 97 minutes, it creates a bit of a thrill among the audience knowing they’re pressed for time. They delivered though, performing the truncated version of Hamlet in double speed and even allocating for time to do it in reverse. Think rewinding a show or a movie but swap out videos for the cast doing it in real life. Definitely not an easy feat to do, especially if you take into account speaking in reverse.

While the run of this show has ended, I’m glad to have been able to catch it on its very last night. Watching this has reignited my interest in theatre and if anyone would like to see the OG version of “TCWWWSA” I would suggest searching up the Reduced Shakespeare Company. While it was an enjoyable experience, my only gripe would be that I would have preferred slightly more drawn-out version of the histories. It felt just a little bit too truncated for my liking. Sure, you won’t walk out of the theatre as an expert in all things Shakespeare once this show ends. It is not meant to be a crash course of all of Shakespeare’s works. If you enjoy slapstick humour and exaggerated interpretations, this show is for you. Would I watch this cast in action again? For sure, especially if they were to produce an actual music video of Othello performed as a rap (unlikely, but one can always wish).

Overall Rating: 8/10

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Travel

Singlish is English!

Now, as the Phase 2 Heightened Alert has kicked in, here comes a new round of social distancing measures and an uptick in boredom. To get my brain cells up and running again, I have decided to try my hand at something a little bit out of my comfort zone. You’ll now see my latest piece, my submission for mothership’s inaugural essay writing competition about “sounding local.”

Becoming a “bona fide” local is not about merely inhabiting in a particular city nor is it defined by whether you are Singaporean or not. Especially coming from someone who considers herself a “pseudo-Singaporean.”  While the pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world with restrictive border policies, we have become “forced” to start to appreciate what happens in our own backyard. Pre-pandemic, hearing the Singaporean accent characterised by the syllable timed words, the “th’s” being replaced by “d” ’s instead brought a smile to my face. Sure, I may be a temporary visitor in that foreign country but hearing the oh-so-famous Singaporean accent is akin to finding rice within the depths of a place where rice is not their staple food. It is simply comforting. Reminds me of home and that wherever I go, there is always someone else of my kind.

Singlish is undoubtedly the hallmark of sounding like a local— in fact, I think that is the most identifiable trait aside from the syllable-timed accent which we are familiar with. My personal trifecta of Singlish consists of the three Ls as I choose to term it. “Lah, Lorh, Leh”, to non-locals it is expected that hearing these will raise eyebrows and elicit puzzled looks. However, for anyone who has had enough time to acclimatise themselves to the surrounding culture in Singapore, I am fairly certain that Singlish no longer seems so foreign to them.

Aside from this “trifecta” as previously mentioned, there is something else about Singlish which is undeniable. Singlish at its core is simply efficient and snappy. Sentences are reduced to a single word and the different inflections signify different meanings even though it is just one word. For example, “can”, that word already signifies agreement. No need for “Sure, that works” or perhaps an “I agree.” Just “can” will suffice. While there may be slangs and other initialisms in other languages which may share some similarities to Singlish, it is not something which can be replicated.

Singlish gives us a bit of a glimpse into Singapore from an outsider’s point of view. By definition, Singlish is an informal variant of English which draws on elements from a wide array of languages. It is representative of the eclectic mix of cultures considering that the realm of Singlish stems from initialisms to borrowed words from other languages. Singlish has been often been touted as “improper” which has since culminated in various efforts to squash the use of Singlish. Especially on the premise that Singlish isn’t really considered lingua franca in most cases. I’m pretty sure most of us would probably remember those “Speak Good English” campaigns with examples of “proper” English emblazoned on buses and other forms of media. While laudable, it inevitably becomes reduced to something which one may look at with a fleeting glance.

Although most of us are competent in “code switching” depending on the social context, the Singaporean accent may be a bane to some. While I have never really felt the need to change the way I speak personally, sometimes, people may choose to put on a “fake” accent when outside the confines of Singapore. Even though there is nothing inherently “wrong” with the way that we currently speak, I guess it boils down to being an outlier and perhaps feeling insecure over one’s linguistic ability. When in Rome do as the Romans do, which is human instinct. We all want to conform to society in one way or another to gain acceptance. As much as we might remind someone to be themselves and take pride in their roots, there is a propensity for one to attempt to emulate the manner of speech or pick up some of the local slang for the sake of fitting in.

Even so, it begets another question, “why do we still feel insecure about our Singaporean accent?” even though we clearly identify ourselves as Singaporeans when asked where we are from. It is an official language here, and most of us who are millennials or Gen Z would have definitely grown up with English as our main medium. Perhaps it could be a lack of representation of people who sound like us? Over the years Hollywood has made a concerted effort to step up in diversity and greater representation of Asians in film and TV. While this has been a welcome move, there is something else you can’t really deny about Singlish: Singlish and the Singaporean accent is not really something which you would see on the top 10 Netflix shows outside of the Southeast Asian Region. We see people who look like us, but they still have a foreign accent or at best a stereotypical accent of a non-native English speaker.

My best guess is that Singlish is not something which is intuitive and can be easily deduced from context. Case in point, “wah! I kenna scolded for sending the wrong email.” To a local or basically someone who has lived in Singapore for a decent amount of time, you would be able to deduce it easily. Even though to a non-local it may seem like gibberish, there lies the beauty of Singlish.

If you were to pick out specific words in that one sentence, simply changing the tone can bring about a different meaning. Furthermore, if you go deeper into it, you would realise that with Singlish, one sentence can consists of words from at least three to four languages. In some ways, perhaps Singlish could be a reflection of Singapore’s society in some ways? We pride ourselves on the efficacy of Singlish in communicating emotions and different sentiments. In the same vein, I guess we might even relate this to the efficiency of many processes in Singapore. Coupled with the latest round of social distancing measures, Singlish becomes even more integral in bringing us together. With social interactions largely reduced to text or perhaps an occasional zoom call, all the more we would expect defaulting back to Singlish. Simply because it gets the point across in just a few words, barring exceptional circumstances where the need for “proper” English arises.

As 9th August draws closer, we are soon reminded of the need for national pride and a strong national identity to help us weather through this crisis. One thing remains for sure though, Singlish is here to stay. No matter how many posters are plastered around Singapore to discourage us from using Singlish, it is who we are as a local and the nature of Singlish itself possesses highly unique qualities which cannot be easily replicated. After all, “something like this can find outside meh?”

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Zoom Theatre Review : A story of society’s darkest flaws and our “new normal”

2020 has turned our lives upside down in many ways as we all know it, with live performances coming to a grinding halt for more than half a year, it is making a gradual return, yes, but in a much different manner. I have to say, I least expected to be sitting in my bedroom watching a play over zoom, but it does come with certain perks. I get to enjoy it in my PJs, I’ve got popcorn at my disposal, but most of all, it is simply convenient. The Contract by the Haque Collective combines aspects of our “new normal” and the entire play centres around multiple zoom calls and face time calls. With telecommuting becoming increasingly commonplace, the play encapsulates the “new normal” of work while putting the spotlight on society’s darkest flaws. While the pandemic has brought out the humility in many, the age old problem of profits over people continues to rear its ugly head, albeit in a much nastier way.

The play was a little unconventional I’d say, but in a good way, it wasn’t exactly a livestreamed show, which I expected but I enjoyed the creative use of zoom. Who knew that zoom would soon become our bread and butter as the year progresses and an entire play using zoom? That’s some zoom-ception going on ( Apologies I wanted to crack a joke there) . Now, the play not only reflects society’s dark side, but certain everyday problems which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The disconnect from loved ones, lack of a work-life balance, strained familial ties, these things have always been a part and parcel of life. However, for some as they are separated from those close to them, or in some cases, stuck with them, these issues become even more glaring.

I have to admit, Rachel’s character did irk me initially, especially with her discontentment over Jane taking on a higher paying job as opposed to continuing to help out with the family business. I did find her statement about her sister profiting from COVID, to some extent I may have thought that she was probably jealous of Jane, but as the play went on I started to understand her perspective better. One of the most pivotal moments of the play was when Jane found out of her father’s passing over a facetime call with her mum, and not being there for him in his final moments. I guess this puts a lot of things into perspective, oftentimes our work commitments or our own lives takes precedence over spending time with loved ones. Especially so when we get older and face more commitments and responsibilities. That particular scene hit hard for me honestly, in most cases scenes are just scenes when watching a production, sure they evoke some emotions, but not to this extent.

It wasn’t quite feelings of sadness or anything like that, but it just made me think about the relationships in life, beyond just making an effort to see someone physically or checking in on them. I’m pretty sure finding out about a loved one’s death over a video call isn’t the most ideal thing, but for many in other parts of the world, it’s their reality as many countries go back into lockdown and social distancing restrictions separates people.

Here comes the real highlight of the play, the refusal to shut down the production line after it was discovered that one of the factory line workers had contracted the virus. I get the frustration of the management and the key actors involved in the day to day operations of GloveCorp. The supply chain disruptions, the loss in profits from a production shutdown, the logistical and operational hassle of quarantining the workers and carrying out contact tracing. Yes, as much as we don’t like to admit it, money makes the world go round, and the crux of the issue always circles back to money ultimately. Yet again, this puts things into perspective, over how many are treated as expendable in these circumstances, as many conglomerates continue to ignore the safety and the health of the people for the sake of maintaining profits.

The kicker as the fiasco unfolded was when Jane sent a whistleblower email using her work email. “Why Jane, just why?” That was what I thought to myself. But hey, where would be the fun in all of it if they were shut down immediately? It wasn’t the wisest move from Jane yes, but even though her carelessness did not lead to a happy, resolute ending, it showed another side to her. The part of her which was kind and compassionate as she took the effort to check in on Sandra, the part of her which continued to stand by her own values despite the pressure from others.

This pandemic has been the biggest game of improvise and adapt and I have to say, this was really enjoyable. While I’d like for more productions to come back in real life, The Haque Collective has aced the whole improvise and adapt thing, I mean when life gives you lemons you make lemonades no?

Verdict: 8/10

Would I watch something similar again?: yes

Do I want it to potentially become a mini-series? A la True Detective, Unorthodox etc.? Sure.

To everyone out there, that’s all from me for now, am glad to have something to pen down before 2020 ends. It’s been a huge rollercoaster of a year, but stay safe and stay healthy guys, every cloud has a silver lining.

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Out of the frying pan into the “new normal”

After months of countless Netflix marathons and seeing the same three faces, there’s finally some “normalcy” in Singapore, now life is not going back to pre coronavirus levels for a long time. So for now, dealing with the “new normal” shall suffice, small group gatherings, mandatory mask wearing, getting kicked out of bars by 10:30pm , no more premier league live streams nor live performances, but hey, take what you can get.

Now I think everyone is tired of hearing of the devastating impacts of the virus so I guess I shall share a small snippet of what my “new normal” consists of. School Zoom University is officially in full swing, hello deadlines my old friend, you have not been missed. Finally gotten the chance to catch up with friends and satisfy some of my cravings without having to spend a fortune on delivery fees. Life is a little bit more exciting now compared to seeing the same three faces everyday. The Netflix marathons still remain though, despite Singapore’s somewhat paltry selection of shows, if you dig deep enough, there are bound to be hidden gems that will leave you glued to the couch as you go through another nightly binge.

Some days are spent watching travel vlogs on YouTube and giving myself the “fomo” syndrome, only to be reminded that borders are closed and leisure travel is not resuming anytime soon. Oh well, I guess living vicariously through these videos shall make do for now . Maybe it’s prime time I started appreciating Singapore a little more after years of whining about the lack of things to do here. I have to admit, the rona has become the biggest game of improvise and adapt. When you don’t have access to the luxury of travel to neighbouring countries or certain activities, time to get creative, and try new things, including playing D&D with a bunch of internet randos over national day and trying to not let each other starve.

As much as we all long for the pre-covid days, life is going to change very drastically once the pandemic blows over. At the end of the day, every cloud has a silver lining, even in these trying times, I hope everyone is able to find some kind of positivity to tide them through. For now, stay safe and wash your hands, there’s always sunshine after the rain.

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The Circuit Breaker Diaries: An unfavourable turn of events and positivity amidst this crisis

As expected, Singapore has entered a lockdown circuit breaker as they choose to term it. Now, all of us were hoping that it would just be a month long circuit breaker as promised, but given the spike in cases, looks like the curve does not show signs of plateauing in the next few days to come. The inevitable came, an additional four week extension to the circuit breaker. Who knew that in a few months our friends and family who were just a bus ride or MRT ride away in this compact city would turn into long-distant friendships and the adage “so close yet so far” has become a reality for many of us right now. Sure, it might be painful for the time being but there is always a sliver lining in any situation, I have started getting used to a new routine at home, and am definitely appreciating the extra hours in a day from not having to commute to work or class. Admittedly, it took quite a bit of getting used to, definitely felt as if I was getting cabin fever from spending extended periods of time at home and barely going out (longing for the day I can go out and do whatever I want with no qualms though) .

Prior to this pandemic, I did spend a fair bit of time with family, but now we spend 24/7 with each other. quite literally so. Initially, I found it as a welcome change but it progressed into becoming slightly disconcerting seeing the same few faces everyday. We definitely have had our fair share of ups and downs, but in times like these, I appreciate the witty sarcastic comments among each other and the renewed sense of camaraderie. Now, I get that not everyone has this luxury and this situation makes me cherish it even more. No doubt I definitely miss the in person interactions with the friends and even though COVID19 has put a damper on some of my plans, embracing this new normal for the time being has honestly been going pretty good for me.

Given the extra spare time we have, I’m sure most of us have things planned out which may resemble age old new year’s resolutions. Healthy diet? Check. Workout? Check. Read books? Check. As much as I would like this to be the reality, this is not quite the case for me, and probably a good number of you readers out there. Circuit breaker has consisted of a diet of stress eating because there’s deadlines, readings and online exams to prep for even in a pandemic. Life still goes on for us students, just in the form of zoom lectures and Microsoft Office to keep us sane.

I hope you have enjoyed my personal musings regarding the COVID19 situation. For now, hang in there, wash your hands, be socially responsible. Stay home and stay safe.

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Memoirs of a girl with Scoliosis Part II

If any of you readers remember, four years ago, I had the first instalment of my personal memoirs titled Memoirs of a girl with flat foot detailing my surgery and my life post recovery. Several years later, I have now completed my A levels, started University and am back with a mess of colours in my hair. Now I haven’t actually gone for the surgery yet, but here is a little update on my condition thus far. Unfortunately, my condition has worsened progressively as the years got by and after years of follow ups, the best course of action was to go for surgery which. Having been given a one year fail/safe period since my last appointment, I officially have eight months to accomplish as many things as I want before the dreaded day comes. However, COVID-19 has unfortunately put a damper on my plans to go for overseas summer school and explore Europe over the summer. Even so, every cloud has its silver lining and I intend to make my remaining time before the surgery to gain new experiences and complete my “pre-surgery bucket list.”

At the beginning of the year, I started a new job working as a part-time research assistant under one of my professors. The research fieldwork was undoubtedly tough, having faced rejection and harsh words, but as the weeks went on, I got better at my job and it was an eye-opening experience hearing the various stories of the interviewees at the union office where we did data collection. Honestly, I have always wanted to work on a research project during my time in University, and after a semester of poking fun at the Uni I got into, I guess things to happen for a reason and I doubt I would have met the people I have met and gotten this experience either. Admittedly, this was not on my “pre-surgery bucket list”. But even so, I am definitely grateful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to giving myself a challenge with the post fieldwork data analysis, especially for someone who has the tech skills of a boomer, perhaps this could be the time where I really took initiative to brush up on my paltry tech skills.

Aside from work, I made the age-old new year’s resolution to start becoming more active and to eat healthy. For once, this did not go dusty and unloved like that teapot sitting in your kitchen cabinet. Instead, I have actually made an effort to start hitting the gym and tried to eat healthy as much as possible. Although I still have the occasional cheat week day, I guess I’m still eating much healthier than I was previously. As with life, everything comes with ups and downs, sure I have had some setbacks thrown at me in these few months, but there is always more to come and something to look forward to. Eight years later, 20-year-old me is still definitely terrified of going for surgery, but after some hard knocks and silver linings, I have a much more positive outlook on life. Hope you have enjoyed reading my post, take care, stay safe, and stay tuned for future posts. 😊

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Chelle’s travel diaries: Ticking off a bucket list item in the frigid cold

The highlight of my trip has now arrived, scaling the Great Wall of China. I will be honest and admit that I did not complete the entire stretch of Mutianyu that day. Nevertheless, it might have been the most adventurous thing I have done thus far, and I’ve fulfiled a life goal! Hooray to killing two birds with one stone! For anyone travelling to Beijing, keep in mind that Mutianyu is about an hour away from central Beijing and it is advisable to book a day tour to Mutianyu for the convenience of transport to this section.

Mutianyu is renowned for the stunning views of the Great Wall, and to get an aerial view, there is the option of either the cable car or the chairlift or the cable car. Not to mention the added fun of taking a toboggan ride down from the Great Wall which is undoubtedly a big plus for travellers with kids ( or even adults looking to relive their youth).Half a day would be a good amount of time to allocate towards this trip once you factor in the hike and the time taken to get there (especially with the notoriously bad traffic in Beijing.)Additionally, it is the longest and the most fully restored section of the Great Wall which lends weight to the authenticity of the place and emphasises the amazing architecture.

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The mountains along MuTianYu

Built in the Ming Dyansty, Mutianyu was meant to serve as a northern protective screen which guarded the capital and the imperial mausoleums. Home to 23 watchtowers with short intervals in between them, a strategic hideout for the warriors thousands of years ago. Presently, most of the wall has been rebuilt and restored to accommodate for the large influx of tourists and retain the authenticity of the wall.

Prior to getting to the entrance, there’s a hike up the hill which leads to the starting point, if you will be going during the winter, be sure to stay warm because the journey there is going to be ice-cold even though the sun is out. However, once you get to the top, you will feel comparatively warmer compared to the starting point (It is the opposite during the summertime, unfortunately I currently do not have a scientific explanation as to why this is so).

It is worth mentioning that the Great Wall is not a very easy climb, and for anyone with new year’s resolutions to get fit, maybe this could give you a shot of motivation! A reasonable amount of fitness is required if you want to scale a larger portion of Mutianyu considering that the whole stretch covers 5.4 km. Might not seem that long initially, but coupled with the steep steps between the watch towers, it makes this climb challenging even though it is not as steep as Baidaling or Jiankou, of which the latter is considered to be the steepest section of the Great Wall. Furthermore, Mutianyu is one of the more child friendly sections of the Great Wall which would be suitable for families with young kids looking for an adventure. Once you get to the top, you will be greeted with breathtaking views of the sheer intricacy and elaborate nature of the wall. With the woods covering most of the scenic area, the view is magnificent.

View of the Great Wall from the watchtower

The Mongols are coming and we’re still chatting away!

As an additional heads up, once you exit the Great Wall, there’s a few fast food restaurants for you to indulge in if you feel like giving yourself a bit of a reward for completing the hike. Aside from the food, you have the option to make yourself a “certificate” with your name engraved on it, as a form of “proof” that you have climbed the Great Wall. The tea house is a great place for tea enthusiasts out there who intend to get a taste of authentic Chinese tea and the variations of tea which they offer which range from Pu’Er Tea to Milk Oolong Tea. If going to the tea house is not necessarily your cup of tea, feel free to skip that section and explore the rest of Beijing if you have time throughout your day.

Climbing the Great Wall was most definitely an eye opening experience, and one which I hope to relive someday. I hope that this blog post has been interesting and helpful to those intending to travel to Beijing. Till then, happy travelling!

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Jatujak: Your guide to a shopper’s paradise 

Located within the heart of central Bangkok, Jatujak boasts thousands of shops selling everything from household items, clothes, leather goods, ceramics and so on, the list is endless. Having been there several times, here are a few things to take note of and a couple of reccomended places to stop by the next time you’ll be there or perhaps during your first visit to the weekend market.

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Dried foods? Check

Band merch? They’ve got it, not exactly knockoffs and neither are they legitimate, but oh well it’s still something to display your admiration towards your favourite artists

Looking for swimwear but don’t quite wish to splash out on brands like Traingl? Here’s your fix!

Cute bags, at a reasonable price too, about 7.20SGD

1) Try to get there early before the crowds set in, that way it will be easier for you navigate your way through the market without having to battle with the hoards of people. A good timing would be around mid morning around 10am, although the market does open at 6am.

2) Make sure you find out the shops which you wish to go to before hand if you’re intent on buying certain items.  The shops can be identified by the street numbers demarcated with Soi _/_ , as a guide especially since the place is a maze . If not, you could always look out for landmarks, they won’t fail you.

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3) Do check out the food and perhaps some of the services they have to offer. The coconut ice cream is a must try it’s truly heavenly. Along with a free cup of coconut water, it’s the prime combination to provide you with a refreshing boost amidst the sweltering heat. Priced reasonably at 40 Baht which is equivalent to about 1.60SGD, keep CoCo JJ in mind as a stop on your visit to Jatujak. It’s conveniently located within the vicinity of exit 2 of the Khampeang Paet MRT station if you’re coming here via public transport. The ice cream comes with nata de coco on the side and complements the ice cream which might I add isn’t overly sweet and has the right amount of coconut tinged flavour within it. 

A must try among the many edibles that Jatujak has to offer

4) Bring along sufficient cash, most shops only accept cash and there are only a select few that accept credit cards, and you’ll have a really fun time attempting to locate these shops. So do ensure that you have enough cash to fund your splurge because your plastic friend is unlikely to save the day.

Fancy a caricature of yourself? They have it, plus you can get it framed

That sums up my post for now, do stay tuned for future posts and happy Travelling!

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Dry Shiitake Mushrooms with sesame seeds and vegetarian oyster sauce

Having been dormant for the past few months, I am now back with a food recipe that’s simple enough to make and doesn’t necessarily require the finesse of the likes of Gordon Ramsay to pull off. Mushrooms are a versatile dish and you can easily pair it with various staple foods and it serves as a great starter dish for those who fall into the category of having limited skills in the edibles department.

Ingredients

1 cup of mushrooms (approx. 7-8 mushrooms)

1 tablespoon of olive oil 

1 tablespoon of vegetarian oyster sauce 

1 teaspoon of sesame oil 

1 teaspoon of sesame seeds

The Cooking Process

  1. Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in hot water for 2-3 hours
  2. Squeeze the water out before slicing them
  3. Fry the mushrooms until they’re fully cooked for about 3-5 minutes
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetarian oyster sauce
  5. Add a teaspoon of sesame oil
  6. Cook for another 2-3 minutes with medium heat
  7. Sprinkle sesame seeds after the cooking is done

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There you have it! Dried shiitake mushrooms with vegetarian oyster sauce! It is a simple side dish which can be paired with noodles or rice as these are very versatile dishes that often complement most side dishes. In addition, you could always whip yourself a sunny egg to go together with the mushrooms! I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe and stay tuned for the next installment of this blog! 😃

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Shakespeare in the park: Is it meant to be the last of this production?

Shakespeare in the park is an event for Shakespeare lovers and those who are new to him as well. With a modern twist in Shakespeare’s renowned works, it appeals to audiences of all ages ranging from the young to the veterans.

Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two star crossed lovers entrapped within the rivalry of their families. The Singapore Repertory Theatre places a contemporary touch to a Shakespearan classic while still preserving the beauty of the Old English Language. The actors delivered a stellar performance in portraying the characters and kept everyone enthralled throughout the play. The stage setting did indeed complement the outstanding performance of the actors. Filled with sick props such as an elevated tower, motorcycles and guns, it’s something anyone would least expect in a Shakespeare production. However, it is undeniable that it was pivotal in adding to the dystopian twist on Romeo and Juliet.

Overall, it was a spectacular night under the stars. Despite the pre pubescent teens constantly sequaling at the raunchy scenes, and Romeo’s appearance. Romeo was actually a looker, no denying that. Being my first time at Shakespeare in the Park, and that it could be the last, it’s noteworthy that they’ve decided to end off with Shakespeare’s most renowned play. Should it be the last? No, the Singapore Repertory Theatre should still be given the opportunity to showcase their talent and add to their repertoire of Shakespeare’s works.

The cast of Romeo and Juliet at curtain call, credits to Nicole for this picture (:

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