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Things To Do In Singapore : Off The Beaten Trail

Here are a couple of things besides shopping I think might be interesting to do in Singapore. Recommendations are from someone who just returned after working six years overseas and enjoys a walks and good local food.

East Coast Lagoon Food Centre
It’s an open air eating area serving local fair with lots of different choices to choose from. Satay is pretty tasty and so are the barbequed chicken wings. Best time to go s on a weekday evening followed by a walk by the beach after dinner. The beach isn’t the most picturesque but it’s nice to people watch or stroll to Bedok Jetty and hang out as enthusiasts fish over the railings. Weekends are a crazy affair as traffic crawls in and out of the area. The jetty is a nice place to be when the sun sets too. I like sitting and watching strollers pass by with a book in hand.
1220 East Coast Parkway

Changi Village Food Centre
Nasi Lemak is legendary here and having not been to this areas in years I’m amazed at how it’s flourished with so many eateries. The best Nasi Lemak with the fluffy coconut rice is found a short walk into the older food centre past a row of shops selling fishing stuff, beach knick-knacks and a cake shop. Roasted chestnuts are a nice treat too. After grabbing a bite take a walk to the waterside to catch a glimpse of the waters off Changi Village. On Saturday nights there is an open-air market of some stalls selling a variety of souvenirs, plants, fashion wear and odds & ends. Lady boys have mostly disappeared or possibly drifted further way from the lights and crowds.
2 Changi Village Road

Macritchie Reservoir Park
I love taking walks here and my favorite path is the one that goes partly through the jungle then skims around the edge of the reservoir. You can catch sights off birds, monkeys, squirrels, lizards, eagles, turtles and lots and lots of fish. The waterside walkway has benches scattered frequently and sitting there watching nature in the mornings is a calming experience. There aren’t any places selling food or drinks in the area so bring along a water bottle. There are many different routes that can take you walking for 30 minutes to a few hours so lots to see and a great way to exercise for those who want to go the extra mile(s).
off Lornie Road

Geylang Serai Market
I like visiting this market on Saturday mornings when it’s crowded as the atmosphere is the buzziest. The upper-floor has an amazing range of Malay food stalls and I still haven’t finished sampling everything that looks colorful & good to eat. If you do have patience joining the long queues is a sure-fire guarantee for yummilicious food. Clothing and accessory stalls make up the other part of the upper floor with more of such stores found across the road at Joo Chiat Complex. Ground level stalls at Geylang Serai sell fresh food and they do stock some things that aren’t as common in Chinese markets. You’ll see mostly Malay faces with probably only about 25% of the clientele of other races.
15 Geylang Serai

If shoppings not the only thing you’re interested in then check out this link by Time as well. Singapore: 10 Things to Do in 24 Hours

PinkDot SG – What To Expect

Volunteers arrive earlier and after a briefing from the organizers everyone helps the set up of things. The year I was helping we were blowing balloons, decorating the park, giving directions, handing out ground sheets and all kinds of pink things that had been contributed.

People from all walks of life arrive once things are ready. You get to see a diverse group of visitors; solo visitors who don’t know anyone, families who love their gay kids, married couples, groups with young kids, guys and girls with pets, students, army personnel, bloggers and tweeple from Singapore and Malaysia, TV personalities and theatre performers who are mostly decked out in pink. A close friend was even talking to this old lady in Chinese who asked why we were all gathered and she said “love is good …. love is good”.

Different groups take turns to perform; pink lions and dragons doing traditional Chinese ceremonial performances, Malay dikir barat groups, dance groups and singers so entertainment is aplenty. When the photographers are ready ushers come around to get people into the centre of the park where there’s more singing and moving speeches. The tribute is to love which everyone present understands and believes in.

PinkDot2009The thing that really touched me at PinkDot is how friendly and helpful everyone is. Its easy to get people to participate in activities and strangers seem quick to share conversation, food, drinks, groundsheets, fans and whatever there is. Sounds of laughter, faces smiling, singing, picture taking, goofing around, warm embraces and words of love abound. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes for this kind of openness and camaraderie to be something we see throughout the year rather than only at special occasions.

The event ends after the pictures and videos of everyone gathered making pink dot have been taken.

Everyone who came helps clear up their bit of trash and the park looks rather pristine without the organizers having to work overtime cleaning up after.

Sharing pictures and stories of the day usually gets people in Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand wishing there were there too.

If you believe in love and if you would like to witness kindness and warmth in action come make PinkDot this 18 June 2011 at Singapore’s Hong Lim Park.

What To Wear : something light and cool …. and PINK!!
What To Bring : food and drinks … it’s a great place to have a picnic. a matt to sit on is a good idea too and don’t forget your camera. a bag to keep all your trash would really be appreciated
What To Do : get involved with the activities or just sit at the sides and enjoy the entertainment and seeing so many people with eager open hearts come together
Who To Come With : anyone and everyone is welcome! come with your neighbour, your uncle or aunties, your parents, your siblings, your camp mates, your school mates, your pets or even by yourself 🙂
tweet me @scorpiojerm if you’re coming by yourself and I’ll be happy to come and say “Hi”

Are Opinions Not Allowed In SG?

Two recent events, Netizen Malik’s arrest for inciting violent and public disorder and an NSMan questioned about his blog have some in Singapore wondering where things are moving towards. Exasperation and unhappiness about what’s happening can be found easily over cyberspace and here are some of my favourites:
Police arrests Singaporean netizen over YOG remarks: Time for chilling effect to take its course
Vivian and Ser Luck put up “smoke-screens” to obfuscate YOG fracas and demonize critics
Young Democrats call for support for Abdul Malik

What jumped out at me was this from the Young Democrats’ post …
“During our meeting Mr Malik revealed that, on top of the questions pertaining to the issue, the police had asked him questions such as whether he had joined any political party and what were his political affiliations.

How is Mr Abdul’s political affiliation relevant to the issue at hand, which is about the YOG and his comments in the Facebook group set up to take issue with the Government’s handling of the Games? Is the Singapore Police Force going to decide on its course of action based on the blogger’s political affiliation?”

It seems having any opinion that is different from what is officially sanctioned and approved is not only discouraged but might possibly land the person in a spot of trouble.

Given all that’s happening, one wonders if Singapore will soon see an election similar to what happened in Malaysia in 2008 where opposition parties won 36.9% of parliamentary seats, while BN only managed to secure the remaining 63.1% marking the first time since the 1969 election that the coalition did not win a two-thirds supermajority in the Malaysian Parliament required to pass amendments to the Malaysian Constitution.

A key thought I’d like to share is taken from a barrage of response to TOC’s FB link regarding the questioning of the NSMan … “We sigh, we discuss, we complain, but in the end nothing changes. Until one day we realise we have completely lost all our rights. Vote wisely.” (see highlight below)

FB screenshot of comments to NSMan Questioned Over Blog

Please help support this non-profit group in SG :: “I LOVE CHILDREN”

Love children? Or simply looking to support a cause? We welcome you to join us in making I LOVE CHILDREN a success.

A little about I LOVE CHILDREN:
It is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation led by a group of passionate individuals.

Perpetuating the celebration of kids and the joy they bring, I LOVE CHILDREN has recently launched Maybe Baby – A one-stop online portal that provides parenthood-related information. Its comprehensive content includes pregnancy, fertility, intimacy, finances, work-life balance and other lifestyle issues.

It is also supported by organisations such as Abbott, Canon, IKEA, HITACHI and NTUC Club to name a few.

Learn more about Maybe Baby here. http://www.maybebaby.sg

To this end Paprika is helping with a Facebook Page for Maybe Baby (http://www.facebook.com/MaybeBabyS) and we invite you and your friends to join us.

Participate in their current activity and stand to win $50 Sakae Sushi vouchers!

There’ll be more exciting activities throughout the year so “Like” it to receive useful information and alerts about other prize-winning opportunities!

Log on to the Facebook page for more details. http://www.facebook.com/MaybeBabyS

Please do share the news with your families, friends and colleagues!

Alan Seah’s FB Note On Needing To Say No To Censorship In SG

This is posted from my close friend Alan Seah’s FB note. Please do sign the petition supporting a rating system instead of censorship.

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The censorship of the media and the arts that our country wields so heavy-handedly doesn’t just muzzle our artists, but also implies that Singaporeans are unable to distinguish between right and wrong. Closer to home, it assumes that we as a people are not able to recognize that gay men and women are ordinary human beings – capable of experiencing true love and happiness.

Yes, censorship in Singapore is particularly cruel towards the gay community. Positive portrayals and positive mention of our lives are banned. Yes folks, unless the gay character in the movie comes to a tragic or bitter end – it usually can’t be shown. Meanwhile on Singapore TV, any mention of gay rights gets insidiously snipped from Academy Award speeches as if they were never uttered and gay characters in TV shows have their sexuality erased. In the Arts, theatre companies like Wild Rice get their funding cut because they supposedly put on too many gay plays.

Now many in our community may say it doesn’t matter so much. After all, we can download or smuggle in any movie we want to see, catch the full speech on youtube and we all know Wild RIce will continue to soldier on.

But it’s not right. And it’s NOT ok. Especially when there are people working so hard to make a change.

The Arts Community in Singapore has recently released a position paper on censorship http://sites.google.com/site/artsengagesg/home. In a nutshell, it calls for regulation (a ratings system), not censorship.

And all they are asking is that you sign it http://sites.google.com/site/artsengagesg/signpaper to show MDA that we aren’t the dumb-asses they think we are.

The deadline for signing is coming up soon in mid-July. So don’t miss your chance yah?