As we are near year-end, many of us take stock of times past and think of the promise of better times in the future. It is a time to think of what each of us could do to help make the next year a better one. I do feel like the end of the year is always a good time to take a step back from day-to-day life and think about all the people who have made a difference in my life. We often forget about all the people who have enabled us to get to where we are today who really believed in us, the great friends who are still with us.
It is just a really rare circumstance where you truly get to know people at a level that doesn't happen in everyday life. I believe that the people we associate with as mentors and friends in life play a big part in determining the person we will become. They help form our character. That's why it is so important to surround ourselves with people who have the qualities we want to emulate in our lives. I know that i would not be the person i am today if i had not been surrounded by amazing people who taught me how to be a better person with their example. I have been incredibly blessed to befriend some that are incredibly good people. I have always wanted to have a memory that I can always look back on and to meet someone who had inspired me to be larger than life.
Happy Holidays! I've enjoyed a sponsored staycation by Travellution Singapore! Parc Sovereign Hotel Tyrwhitt 酒店环境舒适, 服务热情, 打造完美的圣诞假期住宿体验, 令我倍感宾至如归. 虽然房间有点小, 但是所有的东西很新, 很干净, 很现代. 酒店还提供免费无线网络连接, 设有餐厅 (好吃的早餐哦), 屋顶室外游泳池和健身中心. 这家酒店的位置非常优越, 物有所值. 它就在蒂里特路 (Tyrwhitt Road) 那条路上, 走着就可以到很多精品咖啡馆用餐.
Special Thanks 我在此感谢 《畅游行 Travellution》今年赠送给我的圣诞温馨酒店体验感！
A Merry Doraemon Christmas!
Singapore’s One Raffles Place has gotten into the holiday spirit with the help of Doraemon this year. Or rather, dozens upon dozens of Doraemon, which have been turned into a cute and wonderful Doraemon Christmas tree, complete with Santa hats. I went to One Raffles Place Shopping Mall and took in the spectacular display of Doraemon plush toys used to create a Doraemon Christmas tree!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas, filled with all the things you ask Santa or Doraemon for!
Reminisce Over Some Childhood Memories Via The 100 Doraemon Secret Gadget Expo At Johor Bahru City Square
What’s there not to love of this adorable robotic cat, Doraemon? For most of us, Doraemon symbolizes our childhood and we can’t help but feel nostalgic whenever we see him. Many of us grew up with the Doraemon manga and anime series. Originally illustrated by the manga writing team Fujiko Fujio, the series was adapted into a successful anime series and media franchise. The story revolves around a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy named Nobita Nobi. I guess when you were a kid, you probably long to own one of Doraemon’s gadgets.
Despite the changes in time, Doraemon remains one of the best-selling manga in the world, with over 100 million copies sold. The stories are simple and easily relatable. The characters are iconic and unforgettable. There is really nothing not to love about Doraemon. I watched Doraemon when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s. It is a cultural and entertainment icon which is truly timeless.
Back in December 2012, i had attended the 100 years before the birth of Doraemon exhibition held in Taipei (see link here). When i learnt that the exhibition has been brought to City Square in Johor Bahru, I know i must attend it and I'm glad i did!
Soon-To-Be Disappearing Slump-Looking But Full Of Character - Thieves Market (Sungei Road Flea Market) in Singapore
Sungei Road Thieves’ Market is an original flea market in Singapore established in the 1930s and really the epitome of a flea market that sells mainly second-hand clothes, shoes, electronics, homeware, toys etc. The place will be paved over to make way for a new train station expected to be completed by 2017. That’s more than 80 years of history eradicated in one fell swoop. Even as the words “organic” and “authentic” get thrown around a lot these days, nothing in Singapore quite captures the essence of these expressions better than Sungei Road and its ragtag group of peddlers, who sell everything from stolen to broken items with questionable resale value. Another piece of Singapore’s history will soon walk into the dust.
The narrow Panglima Lane in Ipoh, which used to be known as Concubine Lane had housed opium dens, mistresses for the rich tin tycoons in the heydays of Ipoh. It could have just been another bygone residence for the townsfolk of Ipoh – most of whom were petty traders or hawkers. It is no surprise to learn that Ipoh was used as a backdrop for the French film "Indochine", starring Catherine Deneuve, about the final days of French colonial rule.
Hale Lane, Panglima Lane and Market Lane constituted the red light area of Ipoh Old Town. In Cantonese, they were known as the First, Second and Third Concubine Lanes. During the tin-mining heydays, these three lanes were where the coolies from the mines came to look for prostitutes and opium. The lanes were lined with brothels and opium dens, during an age when such activities were conducted in a less-than-discreet manner. Over time, Panglima Lane became the place where tycoons would deposit their concubines. These girls who exists solely to give rich men worldly pleasures are cloistered away from sight down this lane, visited discreetly. They did not hold any position in the men's family, and may have existed without the wives' knowledge; hence the name "Concubine Lane". I could not deny that the words "concubine lane" piqued my interest to take a look at this century old street in the old town sector of Ipoh.
散发古旧南洋风情的怡保旧街场, 近年来出现了不少怀旧咖啡馆, 餐厅和民宿, 揉合古典和现代格式, 呈现出优雅时尚的迷人风貌. 没有多少人知道怡保旧街场有一条 “邦里玛巷”, 却听闻过 “二奶巷” 的大名. 这条窄巷不仅有一个令人遐思的名字, 两排古老的建筑物更保留了百年前英殖民时代的旧模样, 充满南洋情调. 如今二奶巷成了怡保市内难得的 “古蹟巷”, 已有百年历史的二奶巷依然保存着大多数的旧式楼房, 走过锡矿时代的辉煌, 随着锡业没落逐渐回归平静的生活, 但敌不过岁月的无情摧残.
一段根据坊间流传二奶巷的故事: 怡保旧街场的 “二奶巷” (Lorong Panglima) 的源来, 是和以前的锡矿富豪用来金屋藏娇有关. 但是, 当地居民却不表苟同, 因为只有屈指可数的少户房楼是金屋藏娇.
一个年代的过去留下了一段历史, 一户又一户的人家搬离这个地方, 一道老旧的小巷留下了一段故事.
参与《狮城有约 Hello Singapore》8频道新闻及时事节目, 重温旧梦 - 大巴窑龙头游乐场受访拍摄过程 MediaCorp Interview Shoot At Nostalgic Toa Payoh Dragon Playground On 12 December 2014
我很荣辛能有机会参与《狮城有约 Hello Singapore》重温旧梦受访拍摄过程星期五早晨 (12 December 2014) 在充满复古味的大巴窑龙头游乐场 Dragon Traditional Playground @ Blk 28 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, a nostalgic playground of yesteryears in Singapore. 请大家敬请期待到时候《狮城有约 Hello Singapore》所播出的大巴窑龙头游乐场的节目！
我在此感谢以下新传媒的工作人员 Special Thanks to MediaCorp staff：
1. 高级编导 Senior Producer: 施丽思 Sie Li Size
2. 外景主持 Presenter: 刘俊葳 Jeffrey Low
Hope all of you had a great weekend! I just came back from a wonderful short getaway trip at Ipoh! I am a frequent traveller and i do have a habit of choosing some unique hotel, hostel or guesthouse whenever and wherever i can. And M Boutique Hotel overwhelmed me, tucked away in the tin mining town called Ipoh, this quaint colonial hotel have a lot to offer.
I seldom give the highest grade on any hotel as there is almost always room for improvement. Perfection is hard to achieve, but they are close. This is an exception. Here’s a hotel that places itself as one of kind in Ipoh and the first of its’ kind in Malaysia. Whenever such a testimonial pops up in one of the travel search engines or reviews, I get all revved up to experience it just to see whether it lives up to what others had viewed of it. I was very well-prepared to be awestruck. Indeed.
By far, this hotel impressed me of all the decorations and space planning, most importantly, the theme and concept. Material wise are in good quality. Professional service from staff, things are well-organized. If you are looking for gateaway location, less hazard and noise, M Boutique is an ideal place to stay with in Ipoh. The hotel interior design is so impressive that every level and rooms have different theme and unique setup. It is an ideal hotel for people who look for a different hotel staying experience.
Documentation Work For Singapore Memory Project's Campaign In November 2014 "KopiTimes"
The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) is a nationwide movement which aims to capture and document precious moments and memories related to Singapore. This project aims to collect 5 million personal memories as well as a substantial number of published materials on Singapore by 2015. These memories will enable future generations of Singaporeans to understand the collective journey of our nation and the many facets of the country we call home.
For the month of November, the SMP has hosted a series of roadshows called “KopiTimes” at selected coffeeshops around Singapore to collect the memories of the pioneer generation. The seniors got to enjoy a free cup of coffee for sharing their memories of Singapore. There’s no place like the coffeeshop for recounting great memories over a hot cup of kopi.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank National Library Board for inviting me to show support for their new campaign “KopiTimes”. I lent my support to them over the weekends last month in these memory documentation sessions with our pioneers. Having a general revival of interest in the country’s history has led me to ask critical questions about the untold past with the pioneers at the kopi sessions. Here are some stories of the old Singapore collected from the four seniors, which I have truly enjoyed listening and talking to them.
During the conversations with them, I must say that there is widespread common nostalgia for the ‘good kampong days’ among the elderly people, which, really, is ‘an intrinsic critique of the present by the ordinary people’ – of the more regulated and stressful living in present-day Singapore – and which belies a desire for ‘recovering control over daily life within the present zone of material comfort’.