Farewell, Mr Lee!

Today, I am pausing my weekly “I Love Series” for the most respectable man, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

There was a time when people said
That Singapore won’t make it
But we did

There was a time when troubles
Seemed too much for us to take
But we did

We built a nation
Strong and free
Reaching out together
For peace and harmony

-National patriotic song, We Are Singapore.

He envisioned a better Singapore and he did it.

I was able to draft “I Love Singapore” because of all his hard work.

It is totally worth it to spend 4.5 hours under the hot sun and even a sudden drizzle just to bow to him for less than 10 seconds. This is nothing compared to what he did for Singapore and all the Singaporeans.

My favourite quote of his:

I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up?

My life.

Thank you and goodbye, Mr Lee!

9 Ways to Make Your Luggage Stands Out

9 Ways to Make Your Luggage Stands Out by The Friday RejoicerWhile I am making travel plans for my upcoming Japan trip, I caught sight of these interesting ideas to make my travel baggage less ordinary. No more mistaking my boring brown luggage with others and easily spot it on the carousel from far.

  1. Spraypaint with lace pattern
  2. Make your own leather luggage tag
  3. Protect with luggage cover
  4. Flex your embroidery skill
  5. Draw on it
  6. Buy an unique luggage
  7. Tie a striking colour cord
  8. Mod podge with fabric hearts
  9. Stick a creative sticker at unexpected place

I Love Phone Case DIY! Part 2

Continue from Part 1, more DIY phone case inspirations. So many ideas, really in dilemma which DIY project I should start.

Chanel // Crochet // Moustache // Nail Polish // Washi // Changeable // Butterfly // Felt

Diy Phone Case

I Love Phone Case DIY!

My 1-year-old beige phone case “looks” dirty. My friend thought it was a white phone case that was so dirty it turned beige. That’s why I am thinking to do some diy on it. Cutting cost. Read on for inspirations. All come with tutorials.

Watercolor // Felt // Gem // Cross Stitch // Glitter // Aztec // Chain // Cat

I Love Phone Case DIY

I Love Chinese New Year Food – 9 Must Eat Food

Below are the most common Chinese New Year food and snacks. You can see them everywhere – your own home, relatives’ house, company pantry, heartland mall Pasar Malam, Chinatown, bakery shops, chinese/ non-chinese restaurant, cartshop etc. Some of my friends and their mothers have been busily making them before Chinese New Year, clearly seen in my instagram and Facebook feed. Without further ado, read on my below list to see if it matches your 9 Must Eat Chinese New Year food.

Chinese New Year Food Curated by The Friday Rejoicer

All pictures are from Instagram via Iconosquare.

1. Pineapple Tarts aka 黄梨挞,黄梨酥,ong lai tart

Come in different shapes. With a hex sign on top. Then also have an oval shape dough filled with pineapple jam filling. Can be mould into different shapes like roseburgerpineapple and sheep and many more.

Pineapple tart shapes

2. Love Letters aka 鸡蛋卷, kuih kapit, eggroll

They are made with a metal circular mould which is then rolled up or folded into a quadrant. Crispy and smell fragrant. I saw some special flavour with sprinkled sesame and seaweed.

Love Letters

3. Lohei aka 捞鱼生

Every ingredients has a auspicious meaning. See the before (get ready with plastic sheet to cover the table), process (shouting Huat ah! and scooping very very high) and aftermath (prepare for the mess) below.

Lohei

4. Bak Kwa aka 肉干, pork jerky

Can be very oily and hard. Sometime sandwich in breads as breakfast. A very heavy one.

5. Abalone

Most expensive of all. My family will buy a canned abalone to eat during our Chinese New Eve reunion dinner. Not as fancy as the photo. Most probably slice and cook together in an all-in-one steamboat style hotpot soup.

6. Mandarin Orange

Need to exchange 2 mandarin orange with the host of the house you are visiting.

7. Prawn Cracker 

I usually eat those store in big metal tin. Sometime eat with chili sauce.

8. 八宝盒

Ready made can be bought in most Fairprice NTUC. A octagon box containing 8 types of snacks. Mostly preserved prunes, nuts or assorted flavour. My family usually buy the type with prunes. Usually there are dried olive, red dates, sour plum and such for prunes. From my last few years experience, those without seed (lazy to spill the seeds) and taste sour (great for digestion and clearing the oily aftermath after a big meal) are the most popular. Another alternative is that you can buy plastic/ wooden container with 6 to 8 compartments. Then you can fill in with your favourite snacks like gummies, peanuts, chocolate and etc.

9. Hei Bi Hiam Roll aka Shrimp roll

Slightly spicy. As it is a deep fried food, it cannot be kept long. Or else it will have a bad “oily” smell. For some, Hei Bi Hiam cannot be eaten too much (like me), as they are very “poisonous” or in Chinese medicine term”毒”. They can cause mass breakouts and itchiness for me.

More Chinese New Year food like kueh lapis, sunflower seeds, pistachios, cashew nuts, chocolates, almond tarts, honey cornflakes, arrowhead chips, dumplings, sea cucumber, fat choy, pen cai dishes, and many more. Feel free to leave a comment to add into the list.