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big wiener

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Hello biskutians! (haha)

Pardon my infrequent posts as I find myself feeling rather unmotivated to trawl the interwebs lately, due to work-related fatigue. Oh to be a Singaporean cubicle-warrior!

Of course one could call it laziness. I won’t lie, sometimes at the end of the day I find myself just inexplicably drawn to my bed, unwilling to turn on the laptop and stare at what is invariably another version of the computer screen (read=work).

I find that I’ve taken less photos recently too, which is rather sad, because sometimes stills of my life, while seemingly fresh at the time of action, fade fast from my memory without any photographic evidence. The tablecloth in that delightful cafe where you had a sprawling lunch, becomes just a plain red instead of a rich vermillion, for example.

I’ve got to start taking photos again.

Anyways, I’ve veered from the point, which is to announce that recently I got a bit of good news. Some of you might know that I participated in the So You Think You Can Blog challenge organised by the People’s Association a few months back.

Well, I’m happy to say that I won! And I won an iPad 2 no less! 🙂

Thank you to everyone who supported me, it really came as a surprise and no, I’m not just saying that ala winner’s of all past, present and future Ms Universes! Hehe.

Tangs everybody tangs!

Congrats to the other winners, sherms (represented by her mom!) and William. Yes, that’s Mr Yam Ah Mee! 🙂

Ya’ll know I just had to! Mr Yam was so super nice! While posing for photos, he will talk to you and engage in conversation hehe!

All photos taken by erfen! 🙂 (except this one of course, hehe)

PA was celebrating because they now have 1 million members! Of which I am one now. Discounts at Cold Storage woohoo!

Soo many people were out and about on that rather hot day. So much love for PA.

Yep, plenty of love going round! 😛

Thanks to PA for choosing me as well. I am not worthy! Do check out OurCommunity.sg for news on the courses and workshops available at your nearest CC today!

Oh yes, and as you can see, the undercut is back! Not sure about the length so I might just have another haircut sometime soon.

Selamat Hari Raya Haji to all my Muslim readers! I had a rather good one with way too much good food as usual. My family goes visiting on Hari Raya Haji so it’s pretty much the same as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, but I know many others who stay home and chill as well.

Well, no matter how you spent the day, I hope it was a good one! We all have Monday off anyway so let’s make the best of it! Toffee nut latte anyone? (Yes, I am obsessed again!)

Have a great week!

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November 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm

walk this way (SYTYCB Part 4)

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On Sunday, I joined about 85,000 other people in a nation-wide mass walking event, the One Community Walk, which was organised in various constituencies all around Singapore. Unfortunately due to my poor coordination skillz, I did not manage to arrange to walk together with Sherms though we live nearby! I guess it shows you just how many Community Clubs there are in Singapore! (more than 100!)

So I was poking around the PA website and learnt that the Outward Bound Schools are part of PA! Did you know that? I didn’t! Also, the Old Kallang Airport which was used for the recent Singapore Biennale was once the headquarters for PA.

Back to the mass walking event. I was surprised to see a sizeable crowd already gathering by the time I reached (late, but hey it was 7.30am on a Sunday!) and the walk started soon after. It was rather heartening to see many seniors participating in the event, which would require them to walk about 2 to 3 kilometres around their neighbourhoods.

I noticed that while walking, there were a few moments when I’d catch one of the participants interact with a passerby who was just returning from the market, or an elderly man on a bicycle stopping to let the crowd past. It reminded me of the good old kampong spirit that people my parents age always lament that they miss in the Singapore of today. Sadly, these glimpses have been rather fleeting lately, but at least we can still hold on the precious few that still prevail in this day and age!

But I digress of course. Although I didn’t manage to stay for the entire walk (had to run off for rehearsals), I managed to take a few shots of the participants.


PUT YOUR AIRHORNS IN THE AIR LIKE YOU JUST DON’T CARE!

Hands up if you ever wore a cool bonnet like the one the little girl is rocking!

Leopard print pants for a community walk = FTW!

Backpacks. Because grandmas were the original hipsters, yo!

The juxtaposition of motorcycle, bicycle, human and green man is just too beautiful for words.

I call this one “The Bends”.

This one still wanted her bed, me thinks.

Bonnet girl, you’re back!  Kids, you just gotta love them.

The helpful volunteers.

“There are but many roads to Rome, my friend.”

To find out more about other such events or courses available at the CCs, do check out PA’s new portal, Ourcommunity.sg. The portal is super easy to use and you can search for  based on categories or by CC. You can also recommend it to your friends, parents, grandparents, siblings, I’m sure there is something out there for everyone to enjoy.

This entry is made as part of the So You Think You Can Blog challenge organised by the People’s Association. 6 bloggers, including me, are in this challenge and stand to win an Apple iPad for blogging about our adventures at courses and events organised by PA. I would be SUPER GRATEFUL if you could support me by leaving a comment, which earns me one point per person.

Do also support Sherms who tried her hand at making sushi recently! 🙂

american pie (SYTYCB Part 3)

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O HAI PEOPLE!

I just came back from my 3rd course organised by PA. After going for an exercise class and a make-up class, this time, I opted to go for a cooking demo class! This time, it was Gourmet Cooking with Chef Yong at Serangoon CC which is in Ang Mo Kio.

Sounds like a condo, but this is the CC!

As can be expected, it was a really popular class and the majority of participants were women, but I did spy two men as well.

However, I have to say that it was a really enjoyable class due to the friendly and patient Chef Eric Low aka Chef Yong, who answers every single question (and believe me, there were many!) and took time to impart handy tips while he prepared the dishes.

Because it was a cooking demo class, it was like attending a live taping of a cooking show, complete with pre-prepped ingredients! However, the cooking was mostly done live. The difference was that you could stop Chef Yong at any point to ask him a question.

At one point, he recounted his experience cooking for an Arab family, when someone asked him if Muslims could consume red wine vinegar, and even talked about the difference between an Shiite and Sunni Muslim! This man is really knowledgeable.

On the menu for the day was Pulled Pork Sandwich, Cobb Sandwich and lastly, Walnut Pie. What I found really nice was that Chef Low apologised for not being able to offer me halal food. But he was very considerate to have prepared a portion of salad for me without the bacon! I was very impressed with his tact in handling the situation.

According to the chef, Cobb Salad is often a healthier alternative to Chef’s Salad which he says is just a salad made with leftover ingredients. In comparison, Cobb Salad uses vinagrette as a dressing, instead of the yucky, yucky, yucky Thousand Island dressing (which I think should be made a crime to consume!).


The class seemed more like a friendly cooking session at a friend’s house, as participants could just walk around near the Chef, stop him to ask questions and take photos while the class was in session! There was a very casual atmosphere and the participants were really friendly, stopping to ask me what I was taking photos for, and whether I enjoyed the class.

I also liked that tasting the dishes was part of the experience! According to Chef Low, tasting is strongly encouraged for a better understanding of the cuisine. Let’s just say that I got a good dinner out of the class 🙂 Some of the participants also brought tupperware to “tabao” the food home.

Overall, I felt that the class was really helpful to teach you some new recipes as well as to clarify with the Chef any questions that you might have. The friendly atmosphere is evident and some of the participants seemed to be good friends with the Chef!

He also gave handy practical tips such as where to get the best ingredients. He even shared that bottled bolognese sauce bought in the supermarkets usually only contain 30% beef! The rest is apparently just vegetable gluten, and hence he recommends making your own sauce.

And learning isn’t confined to the classroom either. The Chef encourages participants to email him if they have any questions, though during the class one of the ladies asked him to post it on his Facebook Page, hehe.

According to his file, Chef Yong has over 20 years of experience and used to be an Executive Sous Chef on the world’s largest privately owned luxurious super yachts. He’s even cooked for private parties and events attended by Sir Elton John, Sharon Stone, Denzel Washington and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, to name a few. Impressive eh? He’s even trained at the Culinary Institute of America or more awesomely known as CIA hehe!

To find out more about this course or other courses available at the CCs, do check out PA’s new portal, Ourcommunity.sg. The portal is super easy to use and you can search for courses based on categories or by CC.

This entry is made as part of the So You Think You Can Blog challenge organised by the People’s Association. 6 bloggers, including me, are in this challenge and stand to win an Apple iPad for blogging about our adventures at courses and events organised by PA. I would be SUPER GRATEFUL if you could support me by leaving a comment, which earns me one point per person.

Do also support my friend Sherms, who went for a super cool mahjong class last week! Who knew that the PA offered mahjong courses?

Make up, not war (SYTYCB Part 2)

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Hi all! I went for my 2nd course yesterday – this time it was on Personal Make-Up and Skincare! Feeling a bit tired today so will do a mainly photo-post instead!

Kallang CC is a bit of a misnomer, because it is actually located on Boon Keng Road. Nonetheless, it is conveniently located near Boon Keng MRT on the NEL.

The CC is built in an open-concept way, hence you see residents walking through to get to their homes on the other side and there’s even a cafe on the 1st floor. I love that it has a lot of open space.

A feet shot, just because.

Elderly residents catching up on a Channel 8 programme.

A playground located just outside the CC.

The instructor of the course, Ms Cincelia Tan, starting off the lesson with a quick introduction on the different kinds of foundation.

Creamy foundation in two shades, the darker one is for shading while the lighter once is for concealing. Tricky stuff for me, the make-up n00b!

The course comes with fairly detailed notes. What kind of face shape do you have?

My very comical drawings illustrated how you should apply foundation (upwards for the cheeks, circular motions around the eyes and mouth, downwards for the nose bridge!)

Ms Tan and her technicolour make-up palette. Such pretty colours…

Teaching us how to shape our brows. What’s your brow shape? I hope not the last one! 😛

As you can see, the course is very hands-on and is really good for you to learn the basic techniques of doing your own make-up.

Each participant had to bring their own make-up products and a mirror so that they could practise the techniques right away, such as how to highlight certain features of your face and how to do shading.

 Overall, I found the workshop to be very engaging and enjoyable. The sad thing was that I could only attend 1 session as it is actually a 4-week course with each session lasting 2 hours, or longer. The instructor, Ms Tan was very personable and knowledgeable, having done trainings for companies such as Mary Chia, L’Oréal, Shu Eumura and Lancôme!

To find out more about this course or other courses available at the CCs, do check out PA’s new portal, Ourcommunity.sg.

This entry is made as part of the So You Think You Can Blog challenge organised by the People’s Association. 6 bloggers, including me, are in this challenge and stand to win an Apple iPad for blogging about our adventures at courses and events organised by PA. I would be SUPER GRATEFUL if you could support me by leaving a comment, which earns me one point per person.

Written by Nabilah

July 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Eye of the The Tiger (SYTYCB Part 1)

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(I will explain the really horribly posed photo in a moment.)

Hello biskuts!

If you’re like me, you would have seen the numerous multi-coloured banners hanging outside your neighbourhood CC, proudly proclaiming “Baking 101” courses, “English for Grandparents” lessons or maybe even “3D2N Trip to Langkawi”. Some may be interesting, others may be a bit funny, but I’m sure there must have been one or two that actually piqued your interest. You may have thought to yourself, “hey that sounds fun!” but never did manage to go back to the CC to check the courses out.

Recently I was invited to go for a couple of the courses offered by the different CCs around Singapore as part in this thing called the So You Think You Can Blog challenge, organised by the People’s Association. My initial reaction was that of apprehension, especially because there’s soooo many things going on in July for me (my grad show theatre performance is in end July and my floorball league is starting in July too!). But then I found out that I’d be able to check out some of the activities offered at the community clubs and I got a bit interested.

I went for my first class yesterday, a Boxer-cise class at Sengkang CC.

The good people of Sengkang CC. Sengkang REPRESENT!

Class in session

Lasting for an hour, the class consisted of learning basic boxing techniques such as jabs, uppercuts, kicks and punches, incorporated with aerobics movements, followed by floor work such as crunches and push-ups. It definitely requires good coordination, which I quickly learnt when I unsuccessfully tried to pose for photos while doing the moves at the same time (I failed, obviously!).

And to prove that I actually did participate in the class and did not just take photos:

Gif of my unglam photos! (If it doesn’t play, click on it to see its full awesomeness) 🙂

Besides being able to kick up a good sweat, Boxer-cise also helps to tone and sculpt your abs and upper body (hands up who needs this, I abso-defin-lutely do!) And if you’re worried about cost, it’s pretty affordable at $65 for 10 lessons.

Evidence that it’s not only for girls!

Uh…trying a pseudo-artistic shot there hehe.

The instructor, Rachel, was super awesome and gamely went along with the “punch to the camera” pose that I suggested. Obviously I am trying very hard, while she probably can easily kick someone’s ass and does not need to resort to silly posing. Oh well!

To find out what other courses are available, do check out PA’s new portal, Ourcommunity.sg and look for those you might be interested in! For example, I tried looking for courses under “Beauty & Wellness” and found a course called Express Make-Up for a Flawless Look – which sounds cool because I am such a NOOB at make-up!

There are even Ukelele classes under “Music, Drama and Vocal”, Sign Language under “Language” and Hip-Hop for Adults under “Dance”! And all those are conveniently held at my nearest CC, so you can search for activities near your home (if you’re lazy like me, this is perfect).

This entry is made as part of the So You Think You Can Blog challenge organised by the People’s Association. 6 bloggers, including me, are in this challenge and stand to win an Apple iPad for blogging about our adventures at courses and events organised by PA. I would be SUPER GRATEFUL if you could support me by leaving a comment, which earns me one point per person.

To make things easier for you, perhaps you could help me by letting me know in your comments what kind of courses you are interested in! Is it art and crafts? Cooking? Salsa dancing? Salsa eating? Looking forward to your comments! (-:

Written by Nabilah

July 7, 2011 at 2:05 am