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    Quote Originally Posted by george@chongwei View Post
    uncle loh, any singapore laksa treat for me ?
    Oh laksa! Yummy, yummy! This is one of the favourites of many Singaporeans and Southeast Asians - spicy and hot with thick gravy and bee hoon and other noodles. It could still be found in many big hawker centres (Katong Laksa is famous I think) and the ingredients usually consist of cockel, sliced prawn, sliced fishcake and bean sprouts. Others include hard boiled egg, squid, shredded chicken, etc. I like to take it with lots of herbs, especially chopped laksa leaf, which make it uniquely pungent. And add more red chilli paste to make one sweat from the forehead!

    When I was a young boy, I like to patronize the itinerant hawker who used to carry two big round earthern pots with stoves below them and slung on a flat bamboo pole over his shoulders. I think it cost less than 30 cents for a bowl then.

    What does laksa mean? I understand that it means "ten thousand," because there are so many condiments to be added like the following:

    FIRST MAKE THE SPICE PASTE (days before is fine)

    3 long fat stalks of lemon grass, mincing only their tender hearts and reserving the rest of the stalks for another use
    4 hot red chilies, discarding the stem and as many seeds as you wish to reduce the fire of the paste
    4 slices of galangal (substitute ginger if you can't find this fresh)
    thumb-size lump of ginger
    1 teaspoon shrimp paste
    3 shallots, peeled and chopped
    3 large cloves garlic
    4 Tablespoons peanut oil
    1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
    1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 cup tamarind paste

    The famous Penang Assam Laksa is prepared differently using spicy and tangy fish broth/soup.
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    wow, uncle loh. You can cook!

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    Quote Originally Posted by koo_fan View Post
    wow, uncle loh. You can cook!
    Thank you "yang" lady, but I must profess I can't. But I can certainly taste what is delicious and what is not. The recipe is taken from the internet! Maybe you are a good cook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Thank you "yang" lady, but I must profess I can't. But I can certainly taste what is delicious and what is not. The recipe is taken from the internet! Maybe you are a good cook?
    i thought you could.

    Am i a good cook? now, that's a touchy topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koo_fan View Post
    i thought you could.

    Am i a good cook? now, that's a touchy topic.
    Hey, a good cook has more value ok!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh View Post
    Hey, a good cook has more value ok!
    haha, sure is!

    what more with one that can cook Laksa Singapore. yummy.

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    Default A Letter To Lee Kuan Yew

    This was a letter written by a mate/ friend in my facebook account. I think itís one of those letters that deserves to be read by a larger audience (henceforth, obtaining permission from him to reproduce in this blog). His letter reflects growing sentiments among Singaporeans who increasingly feel as if they are a minority in their own country.


    In my opinion, the problem is not the fear of a sudden increase of Chinese immigrants but rather, the manipulative effects of the policy Ė to maintain a majority ethnic Chinese population so as to ísuppressí the demographics , and henceforth, the rights of other racial minorities.

    Moreover, this deliberate increase of immigrants will cause a unnecessary disruption to the social fabric of Singapore. These immigrants bring with them their own culture which will inevitably invite local resentment . They may also be perceived as Ďopportunistsí or people that take their jobs away.

    I am certainly not advocating against the movement of people across national boundaries or even immigration per se. What I am objecting to, is the motives of this governmentÖ

    Tian Jingís letter reproduced below:

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    Attn: Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Prime Ministerís Office
    Istana Annexe, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823

    Dear Mr. Lee,

    I applaud your sonís recent comment on SMRTís crowded train and SMRTís diligent move to increase trains schedule. But it is still a pack during non peak hours. It would be a good opportunity for your son to come and ride on the public buses and MRTs again. Perhaps your son may learn a thing or two on public image, from Taiwan President Ma Ying Jeou by visiting neighbourhood retail shops, to witness another social isssue at hand. This time involving Chinese immigrants.

    I no longer think it is a fluke when Chinese people in the service sector serve with a bad attitude.

    I no longer think it is abnormal for Chinese people to be loud in public places.

    I no longer believe that I can live here with that for too long.

    I no longer think that itís funny when an entire section of my BMT platoon consists of Chinese students. I no longer hold much regard for this pink IC, because at the end of the day anyone can get it by serving NS.

    Donít get me wrong, I have no problems with Chinese people. I have a great Chinese buddy from BMT and I wish to visit his hometown some day.

    I recognise that Chinese who come over are contributing to the economy. To what limit is there on emphasis on economy and to what extent will the govt bring in these people to artificially boost the economy and the population?

    I cannot believe my eyes and my ears each day when I take the public transport everyday. To commoners like us, it is nothing like what you imagine we put up with.

    Lee Kuan Yew, this is not just your country. Single-handedly, you have upheaved Singapore culture by banning dialects on television media.

    But letís move on from there. 20 years on, when people are about to get settled, and Singapore is slowly beginning to form our own sense of identity and weíre beginning to develop some feeling our unique Singapore flavoured culture, you find the burning need to infuse to hundreds of thousands of Chinese people, from an entirely different social conditioning and background, into Singapore society which was just beginning to take some shape.

    In National Service, I raised the issue of why young Singapore males donít have a sense of belonging and are unwilling to fight for their country, to the then Chief of Defence, LTG Desmond Quek. He could only ask me back with a blank, ďIs that really happening?Ē

    I now know the answer to that question.

    The Uniquely Singapore campaign that the government has been promoting of late? You can flush that down the drain.

    I believe your grandson has just finished his national service, why donít you try asking what his peers think about this country now? Why not try conducting a poll among young people to have a feel what is on the ground?

    But of course, I donít expect you to do that. Anyway, it doesnít matter how we Singaporeans feel, lah. Itís how the new Singaporeans feel that really matters.

    Anyway, Singapore no longer feels like my country.

    When people outside Singapore do ask, I will tell them it is a province in China.

    Yours faithfully,

    Teoh Tian Jing

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    Default More keen on Chinese language

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    By Yen Feng

    INTEREST in the Chinese Language (CL) is picking up, said Education Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday.

    Last year, 27 per cent of O-level Chinese candidates took Higher, compared to 19 per cent two years ago.

    Dr Ng attributed the growing interest to the new 'modular approach' of learning Chinese, where Primary 1 to 5 students take different learning modules based on their ability. 'With the new format, primary students say they find lessons more interesting and are using CL more,' said Dr Ng at the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan affiliated schools Bi-cultural, Chinese Elective Programme graduation ceremony at Tao Nan School on Tuesday morning.

    In his speech, Dr Ng said although the bilingual policy has served Singapore well and remained a cornerstone in the education system, the implementation must evolve to respond to an ever changing landscape for new generations of Singaporean students.

    Pointing to the dramatic change in the language environment at homes, he said in 1982, only one in 10 Primary 1 Chinese students came from homes that used English. This has changed to nearly six in 10 today. For Indians, it has moved from three in 10 to six in 10, and for Malays, from 0.5 in 10 to 3.5 in 10.

    'Students are spending more time online where many platforms predominantly in English compete for their attention. The teaching of language has to be reviewed periodically to ensure that it can engage students,' added Dr Ng.


    'With the new format, primary students say they find lessons more interesting and are using CL more,' said Dr Ng. -- ST FILE PHOTO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dato Asbullah View Post
    This was a letter written by a mate/ friend in my facebook account. I think itís one of those letters that deserves to be read by a larger audience (henceforth, obtaining permission from him to reproduce in this blog). His letter reflects growing sentiments among Singaporeans who increasingly feel as if they are a minority in their own country.

    Worldpress.com
    I really can't understand why you kept on using other peoples' negative comments to include in this thread. These people have other more relevant forums to air their views. Maybe this is your mentality and you seem to have a personal agenda against Singapore, which is most unfortunate.

    Despite what others may say, we are still moving forward and trying to make the most of what we have. But no thanks to you for trying to dampen our spirits!

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    Default ST journalist wins green prize

    The Straits Times
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    By Esther Teo

    STRAITS Times reporter Jessica Cheam has won a coveted green journalism prize conferred by the World Bank and Internews, a global media organisation.

    The Earth Journalism award, as it is known, honours people who have used their communication skills to promote awareness of climate change issues.

    Ms Cheam, 26, won one of 15 regional or thematic awards in a field that attracted 900 professional and citizen journalists from across the world.

    Her prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to cover the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next month.

    As one of the 15 winners, she is also in the running for the Global Public Award. For this, the public votes through online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. The top gong and the 15 awards will be presented at a ceremony in Copenhagen during the climate change talks.

    Ms Cheam, who has been covering the environment and energy issues for two years, clinched the award with a six-page Saturday Special report for The Straits Times in February.

    Over four months, she spent countless hours researching issues, even trekking through frigid Calgary, a temperate Houston in winter, and Bintulu in Sarawak to profile the changing face of the energy industry.

    The research also involved interviewing leaders such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi in January to compile the report on the world's rapidly evolving energy landscape and the global shift towards renewable power.

    The scope of the project was so wide that it was no easy task. However, Ms Cheam successfully weaved together a comprehensive coverage.

    Mr Arul Louis, a fellow at Knight International, an American group that helps develop journalistic standards, was the regional juror in the awards process and described the report as providing 'tenacious and consistent coverage'.

    Ms Cheam said yesterday: 'Some people find the energy topic boring and are not interested, but its profile has broadened to include clean energy. It's not just about engineers in dirty overalls anymore.'

    'I find climate change a fascinating, multi-disciplinary subject. Besides the intellectual stimulation, I find reporting on it an emotionally rewarding experience as well,' she added.

    Ms Cheam has also taken her passion to the Internet, helping to initiate Eco-business.com, the Asia-Pacific region's first dedicated site for environmental businesses.

    The site - a non-profit project jointly funded by herself, the British High Commission here and the Singapore Environment Council - will be officially launched tomorrow.

    It will share information to help put Asia on a sustainable growth path and tap into a network of environment journalists from the region to contribute to the site.

    Ms Cheam, 26, won one of 15 regional or thematic awards in a field that attracted 900 professional and citizen journalists from across the world. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
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    i love laksa.. and im wondering when uncle loh would wanna treat me the famous singapore laksa?

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    Default Apec must take lead again

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    By Ignatius Low MONEY EDITOR
    & Jeremy Au Yong POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

    TWENTY years ago, a group of 12 countries went against the grain, deciding to band together and commit to free trade.

    Now, in a pivotal moment in economic history, the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) must once again take the lead in breaking down trade barriers and helping global businesses.

    That was Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's call to his fellow Apec ministers, as he welcomed them at an official reception last night to the Apec talks taking place in Singapore this week.

    Evoking memories of the past and the notion of family, Mr Lee addressed the dark-suited crowd dressed casually in an open-necked red shirt.

    'We have some special guests with us, old friends who were involved in the formation and early development of Apec,' he said with a smile. 'For example, Bob Hawke, who was prime minister when Australia convened the first Apec meeting in Canberra, which (Foreign) Minister George Yeo and I were priviledged to attend 20 years ago.

    'From his wise and imaginative initiative, Apec has taken root and grown, and hence we are here today.'


    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that in a pivotal moment in economic history, the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) must once again take the lead in breaking down trade barriers and helping global businesses. -- PHOTO: AFP
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    Quote Originally Posted by george@chongwei View Post
    i love laksa.. and im wondering when uncle loh would wanna treat me the famous singapore laksa?
    You missed your chance already! I thought you would be here during the last F1.

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    Default Charming multimedia displays for APEC Leaders

    The Straits Times
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    By Jessica Cheam

    MINISTER for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang on Tuesday launched the Singapore Showcase - a series of interactive multimedia installations dotted throughout the Suntec Convention Centre.

    The interactive displays is aimed at helping delegates at the APEC Leaders Week 2009 learn about Singapore.

    Mr Lim said that the showcase 'is a celebration of the people in Singapore and how their efforts have transformed us to who we are today'.

    'The showcase provides the delegates with a delightful interactive experience of what Singapore has to offer, and is a great platform to highlight some of the capabilities of Singapore companies to the world,' he said.

    These displays feature installation works combined with motion graphics on display screens littered throughout the venue.

    Even in the washrooms, delegates can activate a motion-activated installation on the mirror, which tells the story of how Singapore met its water needs despite having limited natural resources.


    Mr Lim (2nd from far left) said that the showcase 'is a celebration of the people in Singapore and how their efforts have transformed us to who we are today'. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
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    Default High-flying youths in S'pore

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    By Lee Seok Hwai

    CHINA undergraduate Chen Jing, 22, feels very lucky to be visiting Singapore this week, even though she has been here twice in the past.

    She is among 116 youths that beat tens of thousands of young people from 18 economies around the world for the chance to pick the brains of leaders and businessmen - and vice-versa - who are here for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders' Week.

    They will also visit Singapore attractions like the Night Safari as well as talk with movie star Jet Li and Olympic pole-vaulting legend Sergey Bubka.

    The youths will describe their experiences online on Facebook and Twitter.

    Describing the selection process in China, Ms Chen, who is studying journalism and English literature in Beijing Foreign Studies University , said the contest was reminiscent of American reality show The Apprentice.

    There were about 30,000 applicants for eight spots and they had to ace in public-speaking in English and in interviewing skills.

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    Default Apec gives trade a big boost

    The Straits Times
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    By Lee Seok Hwai

    SINGAPORE is among six governments spearheading a plan to make it cheaper and faster to do business in the 21 economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping (Apec).

    The goal was announced on Monday by a senior Apec official. 'We have set an aspirational target to make the business environment easier, cheaper and faster by 25 per cent by the year 2015,' Dr Takashi Omori, chairman of the Apec Economic Committee, told reporters at Suntec City Convention Hall.

    The plan focuses on five areas that the grouping's governments and businessmen think are most relevant to the cost of doing business, such as setting-up expenses and trading procedures.

    A 'champion economy' will lead the charge in each area by sharing experience and expertise with the rest.

    Singapore, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong have volunteered to play this role, Dr Omori said. All six economies are ranked by the World Bank as among the best places in the world to do business.

    Work on meeting the goal will start early next year, he added.


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    Default Winner of waterway design

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    By Diana Othman

    ARCHITECTURAL firm Group8asia, in partnership with local design firm Aedas, has won the Housing Board's (HDB) Punggol Waterfront Housing Design Competition for their exceptional design of a high-rise public housing along a waterway.

    More than 100 international firms, from countries such as Japan and the Netherlands, took part in the competition.

    Launched in 2008, participants were required to generate fresh, innovative and new design ideas for high-rise public housing along the waterway and incorporate new sustainable development concepts and features to realise the theme 'Green Living by the Waters'.

    The winning design by Group8asia, which has offices in Geneva, New York and Hanoi, and Aedas stood out from the rest for its sky terrace concepts, with spaces for roof gardens. The design offers scenic views of the waterway for many of the units in the project.

    The award-winning development, comprising 1,200 units, is expected to be launched in mid-2010.

    Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan announced the winner of the design competition at an HDB awards ceremony on Wednesday. He also presented 12 awards to HDB's outstanding building contractors, suppliers and business partners.


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