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  • The other Michael Jackson
    I often found myself in dire straits in front of a Kopitiam drink store, deciding between the refreshing, thirst quenching grass jelly and the popular soya bean milk. But Michael Jackson allows me to have the best of both worlds. I wasn’t referring to the King of Pop, but something even better: a mixed drink containing soya bean milk and grass jelly. (chin chow jelly)

    Being a “cheapo” I love the fact that a cup of Michael Jackson only costs $1 and is found EVERYWHERE. In fact, I often find myself buying 3 cups at one go to share the joy with my friends.

    Not only found in hawker centres, I was elated when I discovered that soya bean stores such as Mr Bean and Jollibean also sell the Michael Jackson. I highly recommend the one from Mr Bean as the sweetness of the grass jelly and freshness of soya bean is on point.
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  • Singapore’s delicacy
    Curry Fish Head is one of the notable Singaporean delicacies and could be said to be at the frontline of Singaporean food’s propagation on an international level. I LOVE curry fish head. The tender flesh of the fish (especially meat from the cheek), crunch of lady’s finger and a bowl of piping hot white rice make the perfect meal. It is my family’s, and I’m sure many other Singaporean families’ go-to for a satisfying and sumptuous meal.

    Available at food courts, hawker centres and even restaurants that specialise in brewing this delectable delicacy, it is a MUST TRY dish for all Singaporeans. I especially love the one sold at Ocean Restaurant in Toa Payoh.

    Affordable and tasty, everyone should give it a try.
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  • Yummiest festival!
    The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Dumpling Festival is the food. Shaped as a 3D triangle and filled with rice, meat, salted egg yolk and chestnut, the dumpling is a delicacy I love to death. I especially love the dumplings sold at Hoo Kee as they give an extremely authentic Hokkien taste. A caution though, my family and I often spend up to an hour queueing for the dumplings alongside other Singaporean die hard fans.

    Besides the food, there are many other activities to engage in during the dumpling festival such as watching a Dragon Boating competition and attending carnivals around the neighbourhood which has stalls selling paper cuttings and other chinese products.

    I for one hope the Dumpling festival does not lose its importance in Singapore.
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  • Halloween in Singapore?
    In recent years, Halloween is increasingly celebrated in Singapore as compared to the past where the inherently Western festival was not popular locally. Now on October 31st, it is common to see little kids and teenagers dress up as villains or ghory characters.

    In fact, I took part in the celebrations last year and dressed up as a Psychotic Nurse and went trick-or-treating with a bunch of friends. Popular go-to places would be Holland Village and Bukit Timah, where the residents are extremely generous with their candy as compared to areas like Bedok and Hougang where the hype for Halloween is literally non-existent.

    A festival more for children and teenagers, while it sheds light on Westernization, I welcome its entrance as it gives Singaporeans one more festival to celebrate!
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  • Everyone’s favourite day!
    Annually, Ben and Jerry’s would hold a free cone day where almost all Ben & Jerry’s stores will give out free ice cream to the public. It is celebrated in most countries and serves as a token of appreciation for the public’s support and to promote the love for ice cream.

    Almost every student in Singapore has been to the Free Cone Day at least once. Well, for me, I go EVERY YEAR. Who doesn’t want free ice cream? The flavours offered are the orthodox ones such as Cookies and Cream, Vanilla, Chocolate and the list goes on. The queues are never ending but children, senior citizens and pregnant women get to jump queue. Here’s a fun fact: I bet you never knew you could bring your own cone!
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  • Singapore’s delicacy
    Fresh crab meat drenched in silky chilli gravy spammed with bits of egg, and coupled with deep fried buns, there is nothing not to love about it. Its popular internationally, as seen from MasterChef Asia 2015 where contestants were challenged to recreate the famous dish.

    I LOVE CHILLI CRAB. In fact, it is one of the delicacies that makes me feel proud to be a Singaporean. While most chilli crab restaurants are good, I especially love the one at the highly acclaimed Long Beach Seafood restaurant, which is also one of Singapore’s first chilli crab restaurant.

    To all tourists visiting Singapore, you can’t miss out our chili crab!
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  • Cheaper alternative to a hotel
    Airbnb is an alternative to hotels in a foreign country, except cheaper. At a fraction of a price, Airbnb offers similar facilities to a hotel and sometimes more, depending on personal preferences. For instance, while some houses do not provide the luxury of a swimming pool or gym, they provide a kitchen and washing machine.

    Based in almost every country, Airbnb is extremely accessible. However, based on personal experiences, what you expect may not always be what you get. I stayed in an apartment (under Airbnb) in Hong Kong which seemed extremely appealing on the mobile app. But what was not mentioned was the fact that the apartment was located next to a pub which was extremely noisy at night and in the wee hours of the morning.

    Overall though, I would recommend Airbnb to travellers who are on a tight budget or young couples who want to experience living together.
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  • Extremely useful
    Bilingualism is a practice the Ministry of Education rules every public school to abide by, where children are taught both English and their Mother Tongue. In my opinion, this is extremely practical and important to Singapore if she wants to remain competitive. Being a young nation of 50 years, Singapore needs to be relevant to other countries (achieved with English as her lingua franca) without neglecting her cultural roots.

    Bilingualism has a huge part to play in Singapore’s speedy development, which includes her having the 5th highest GDP per capita in the world and we should definitely retain it. Although students often complain about the boredom of having to study Chinese in school (me included), I can confidently tell them now: live with it, it’s for your own good.

    So, before any of you complain ‘Aiyo, I hate studying Chinese!’ Remember how powerful the PRC is
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  • Watching a movie has never been so easy!
    Popcorn is a free mobile app available on both Android and iPhone and it allows users to check movie showtimes and seat availability at the tip of their fingers. I use it religiously as it is extremely convenient and saved my life on numerous occasions! JC life is extremely hectic and who has the time to travel all the way down to the cinema just to discover that there are no more seats left right?

    However, while the app mentioned that one of its function is to allow users to book and reserve tickets, this function is pretty faulty. In fact, I have never successfully booked movie tickets online before. Another limitation is that Popcorn only allows users to view show times 2 days in advance. These limitations probably explain why Popcorn only received a 2 out of 5 star rating on the App store.

    Despite so, the app is free and would definitely make your life more convenient!
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  • Cosy neighbourhood

    Marine Parade lies on a plot of reclaimed land and the once pitless ocean now boasts a shopping mall, 58 blocks of HDB flats, a library, hospital, and at least 7 schools. This makes the area extremely convenient for residents, which explains why Marine Parade is one of the most densely populated areas in Singapore.

    However, I personally do not have a strong liking for the area as it feels a tad old and outdated. For instance, Parkway Parade mall does not have a cinema and pales in comparison to the newer I12 Katong Mall. Similarly, the Marine Parade Library which opened in 2000 has furniture which is slightly old and limited study space for students, when studying is the main purpose for students visiting the library.

    Even so, I’m sure residents of Marine Parade have a strong sense of belonging to the area and would love it as it is. In fact, with the new Marine Parade MRT opening, Marine Parade would become increasingly popular and bustling.
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