Teachers’ Day in Singapore

Hi tourists,

In Singapore, Teacher’s Day is a cultural festival that is celebrated annually in all local schools on the 1st of September. Students will typically put up skits and performances in gratitude to their teachers.

My teachers used to bring me on school trips to all the places of interest in Singapore, like the Singapore Bird Park, the Singapore Zoo, Chinatown, Kampong GlamLittle India, Underwater World at Sentosa and the Singapore Flyer.

How are you planning to appreciate your teachers today?

Travel Delight,
Your Singapore Guide

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Father’s Day in Singapore

Hi tourists,

Singaporeans celebrate Father’s Day on every 3rd Sunday of June. It’s Father’s Day tomorrow.

Here’s to all Fathers in Singapore.

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
– Lydia M. Child

Love to all fathers!

Recommended tourist spots for the family to celebrate Father’s Day together:
Universal Studios Singapore
Singapore Zoo
Singapore Night Safari
Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park
Singapore Flyer 

Buy discounted attraction tickets at
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Package – $199.50 (U.P. $237.50, save $38):
Universal Studios Singapore
+ Singapore Flyer
+ Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
+ Night Safari
+ Hippo Bus
+ DUCKtour
+ Singapore River Cruise
+ Sentosa Cable Car

Your Singapore Guide

Singapore Chingay Parade 2012

Hi backpackers,

Chingay Parade 2012 will be held this Thursday and Friday on the 3 & 4 Feb 2012 at the Pit Building next to the Singapore Flyer.

Event details:
Friday, 3 Feb 2012 – Parade Day 1 at 8.30pm
Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 – Parade Day 2 at 8.00pm

What Chingay Parade is
Chingay is a Hokkien dialect word, meaning “the art of masquerade”. Chingay Parade began as a neighbourhood parade with only Chinese elements in 1973. Today, the Chingay Parade is the grandest street and floats parade in Asia, showcasing the rich, vibrant multi-culturalism of Singapore and exciting cultures all over the world. All Singaporeans are really proud of it!

What to expect at the Chingay Parade
A dazzling extravaganza of colours and cultural diversity, Chingay Parade Singapore is known for its resplendent floats and multi-cultural local and international performances that depict our festive traditions and delight the hearts of many Singaporeans and tourists.

For an idea of what the Chingay Parade looks like, check out the photos I took at Chingay Parade 2011 last year.

Theme for Chingay Parade 2012
“Love, Care and Kindness Everywhere”

Event highlights for Chingay Parade 2012

1. Grand Opening: Dragon Dramatics: LED Hip Hop dragon dance from Zhangjiang, China and a magnificent dragon and phoenix from Xi’an, Shaanxi of China.

2. Beautiful Cultures: Showcase of Chinese Culture

3. Embracing International Cultures: International acts from Indonesia and Taiwan.

4. Dreams Realised – Love Our Children: Featuring children in costumes, a float and a 120m balloon rainbow arching into the air.

5. Engaging as One – Love Our Community:  A synchronized symphony of 600 ‘dikir barat’ singers and dancers and a breathtaking tai chi fan dance performed by 1,000 Interest Group members from various Community Clubs.

6. Triumph Over Challenge – The Grand Finale: 1000 performers stream across the waterway surrounding three giant sailboats with thunder and lightning effects.

Get your Singapore Chingay Parade 2012 tickets here.

KusuLife,
Your Singapore Guide

Christmas Lights in Singapore, 2011

Hello tourists!

It’s that time of the year that’s the spirit of giving!

Stroll down Orchard Road, listen to the buskers, and just enjoy the atmosphere!

The light up is now in its 27th year and the theme changes annually!

This year’s theme is “A Starlit Christmas”.

As I did my Christmas shopping, I really felt as if Singapore has seasons, thanks to the beautiful fairy lights.

So go on down and enjoy yourselves on Orchard Road!

Have loads of fun,

Kusu

How to make Murukku for Deepavali

Hi tourists,
It’s almost that time of the month for Deepavali aka Diwali, the most important festival for Hindus all around the world!
To get ready for Deepavali, we need to prepare many Deepavali snacks for guests when they visit!
Here is a very nice Murukku recipe; ingredients can be easily found at Little India.

Murukku ingredients:

  • 3 cups rice flour
  • 1 cup fried gram dhal flour (pottu kadalai podi)
  • big pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds (optional)
  • required quantity of salt
  • required quantity of water
  • oil for deep fry

Murukku prreparation:

  1. Mix rice flour, fried gram dhal flour, sesame seeds, required quantity of salt and a big pinch of asafoetida. 
  2. Add a laddle full of hot oil to the flour mixture and mix well. 
  3. Add little quantity water and knead into smooth and soft dough. 
  4. Dough should not be too stiff or too loose. 
  5. Heat a kadai with enough oil to fry.
  6. Now take the murukku press and stuff in a lump of dough and press.
  7. You can choose to press the dough directly into the oil like in the video above, or shape it on a ladle before dropping it into the oil.
  8. Deep fry on both sides until they turn into golden yellow colour.
  9. Remove from flame and drain the excess of oil
  10. Cool and store in an air tight container.
  11. This will be fresh for weeks in an air tight container.  
  • Source: http://www.tastyindianfood.com/murukku.html
Have loads of yummy fun,
Kusu