I was at Esplanade Theatre yesterday to catch Singapore's best comedians gathered once again for this year’s edition of the wildly popular “Happy Ever Laughter” by Dream Academy. I first watched their first edition two years ago and i am thrilled to see them again back on stage. They are the who's who in local comedy. All they have to do is open their mouths and you'll be laughing your hearts out.
Directed by Selena Tan, the show features the comedic talents of Mark Lee, Adrian Pang, Sebastian Tan, Hossan Leong, Pam Oei, Judee Tan, Karen Tan and Kumar etc, who will poke fun at anything and everything – from bus drivers to hawker centre ceilings to teenage-girl feelings to elections to erections (of new buildings). I must say that yesterday afternoon's performance was very entertaining, top-notch. I really enjoyed myself thoroughly for the next 2 hours.
The R18 rating is there for a good reason, so if vulgarities or risque topics make you squirm, don't bother tormenting yourself. Yesterday's full house sold-out crowd showed massive appreciation for every single comedian and caught the punchlines at warp speed. Personally, I think the crowd makes a huge difference. The performers fed off the audience's reactions and being surrounded by a mass of people doubled over in mirth made everything seem 10 times funnier. It also helps when you're near a front stage middle seat with a panoramic view of the theatre. It truly is a sight to behold.
My Singapore Photo Documentary On A Vintage Vinyl Store At Chinatown Complex 黑胶流转的如歌岁月 Published In zbNow/联合早报现在 Newspaper Dated 19 April 2014
A happy start to a long Easter weekend! My local photo documentary on a vintage vinyl records store located at Chinatown Complex in Smith Street has been published In today's 联合早报 dated 19 April 2014 (Saturday)! Thrilled to see my article (“黑胶流转的如歌岁月") featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, zbNOW/早报现在, you have made my day again! Thanks so much! :-)
Liu Ma Kee, Hong Kong Homegrown Brand: Fermented Preserved Soybean Curd (Tofu) 香港历史悠久, 老字号豆制的品牌 ~ 廖孖记腐乳
Fermented Tofu is a kind of food as well as an ingredient. This kind of food is reputed as the Chinese cheese in the world. Fermented bean curd also called sufu, fermented tofu, tofu cheese, or preserved tofu is a form of processed, preserved tofu used in East Asian cuisine as a condiment made from soybeans. Some people call it “chinese cheese”, because of its pungent aroma, saltiness, and smooth creamy texture. The ingredients typically are soybeans, salt, rice wine and sesame oil or vinegar, and are sold in jars soaked in brine with select flavourings.
香港有一个历史最悠久的豆制品牌 ~ 廖孖记腐乳. 香港地产霸权加上楼价租金飙升, 家族小舖执笠的执笠, 取而代之的是集团式连锁店, 我现在也很难再找到真正自家制造和销售腐乳的小舖. 因此, 位于在佐敦的廖孖记, 它的存在, 变得很珍贵. 香港至今留有的酱园和豆品厂自制腐乳, 被称之为 “王” 的古法秘制腐乳, 正是百年老店 “廖孖记”. 店有姓廖的两双生兄弟创立, 所以叫 “廖孖”, 其腐乳味道极其强烈极其浓缩, 香足三条街. 如果非要从腐乳里面选一款高级品, 廖孖记可说是实至名归. 1905年在香港始创, 坚持在家庭老铺用古法手制. 一瓶腐乳密封发酵至少半年才供出售, 以保证香味和够绵软. 送粥, 炒菜, 蒸鸡无一不是惊艳味道.
廖孖记腐乳, 在食欲不振口淡淡的日子, 只要有壹砖砂糖腐乳佐饭, 胃口便能复苏. 众多牌子中, 首选过百年历史, 曾经三代的廖孖记. 全港第壹批出口到新加坡的腐乳, 正是廖孖记的出品, 现时经常有遊客来入货. 腐乳于上世纪五六十年代, 是穷等人家恩物, 听老前辈口中得知, 以前几仙壹砖腐乳够几家人当菜吃. 虽然现今经济环境比起几十年前已经提升了不少, 但腐乳至今依然广受欢迎, 如果现在想吃腐乳的话, 必定会想起百多年历史的廖孖记.
On a bright sunny day last month, i had an awesome one-day fun countryside tour at this place, called UK Agro Farm Resort, located at Kluang in the southern state of Johor. This place is named based on their owner's initials. 'U' and 'K' are the initials of Goh Un Keng, the man behind the goat and sheep farm that also offers farm tours. UK Agro Farm is about two hours' drive away from Singapore. It is Malaysia's largest goat and sheep farm, with 100 acres of grazing land for 4000 she eps.
The landscape here is excellent and you can see paddy-field's green across the entire land. UK Farm has become a popular tourism hot spot for the locals and Singaporeans in the recent years as it is a place for budget travellers, families and photography lovers. In addition, it has accommodation options available for those who want to be fully immersed in the Farm Stay experience. Basically, its all about experiencing the life of farming and it's a joyous journey for people who are tired of staying in the city, decide that it's a time for one to walk down the path and touch the grass.
上个月我跟随三江会馆与随笔南洋网联办的农场一日游, 前往马来西亚柔佛州居銮的 UK Farm/UK休闲农场, 享受了一趟愉快的田园乡土之旅. 得知随笔南洋网近几年来, 举办了不少寓教于乐的文化和休闲活动, 很积极扮演协助新移民融入本地新家坡社会的角色. 每年三月中, 学校有一个星期的假期, 随笔南洋网找了这家名为UK Farm的农场位于马来西亚的居銮, 作为这次一日游的主打项目. 怀着对自然的向往, 抛下沉重的工作压力, 我和一行人开开心心从新加坡出发. 经过大约两个多小时的车程, 汽车转进了一条椰子壳铺成的小路，两旁都是碧绿的草场, 远处有小山环抱, 时不时还可以见到牛群在草间悠闲自得地散步吃草, 这样又开了大约十多分钟, UK Farm 的招牌才在蓝天白云间出现在眼前.