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Hello, my name is Stacy and I'm from Singapore.

Monday, 3 August 2015

#SG50

I've always been one of those angry people to pick on the flaws of Singapore during my teenage years.  Since last August, I started living in the UK for my studies. After being away for quite some time, I found myself starting to appreciate Singapore more and more.

Could it really be that '"The grass is always greener on the other side"? I don't know. I have visited the UK many times for my holidays but living here felt completely different. The me that once loved everything about UK disappeared and I started yearning for Singapore constantly. Could it be that I am homesick? Ha.

Whatever the reason is, the current me is filled with "Singapore Pride" whenever I hear people talking about how great my country is. I even get slightly emotional to the song, "Home" by  Kit Chan.

I wish I could be back home to celebrate the nation's Jubilee weekend with all the other Singaporeans. How great would it be! Flying back to home with Singapore Airlines and seeing the words "Welcome Home" while arriving at Changi Airport.


Sorry if this post is not well written or happens to offend anyone, It's difficult for me to express myself properly.


Happy 50th, Singapore. 


Saturday, 11 April 2015

National Sibling Day

* National Sibling day is on the 10th of April*


Siblings! You can love them or hate them, but they will be a big part of your life, especially if they are older than you. I have an elder sister who is two years older than me. Which means that she is the only person that I have known for my entire life since birth, besides my parents.

I am a person with super bad memory so I don't exactly remember a lot.




One very distinct memory is when we were younger and sitting in the back of the car, my sister would always hug me and call me her 萝卜抱枕. (It means carrot bolster [..and if you don't know, bolster is something you hug to sleep, like a long pillow.) Now that I think of it, it makes me laugh -- in a good way -- because that seems so cute.



Showing physical affection towards my family was so much easier when we were younger. But as we grew from little children into our adolescent stage it became lesser and instead, we found it so much easier to show our frustrations with each other. I blame it on the computer, we used to only had one computer and both of us was so into playing stupid online games and constantly fought over it. (e.g maple story, pangya sea, runescape) We even fought over really silly things, such as who gets to use the shower first and this one time my sister actually hit my head with the shower-head (i think? i have really bad memory).... it did not end well, lol!


Fast forwarding everything to now, I am glad and proud to say that my sister and I have a really close relationship. My sister have always been really nice to me, she brings me out every now and then, pay for my meals. (Start of cheesy sentence /cue tissues) It is only until recently that I really realised how much she means to me in life.

During my recent trip back to Singapore, she took an off day for me and we hung out the whole day. I also mentioned about wanting Sugar's image on a pillow so I can have her with me when I am back in the UK. She told me to send her a photo. The next day when she got home she was telling me how she had no time to make the pillow but at night when I went to bed, it was there on the bed, looking perfect and everything. (My sister is great at sewing and making stuff btw.) My mum told me the next day about how she came home after work and started making it for me. 




On the day when I had to go back to UK, I honestly felt like crying because I knew I was going to miss my family so much. My sister gave me a spontaneous hug when we were all standing near the hobbiton and said something along the lines of me staying / her coming to visit.  (sorry bad memory)
After going into the departure gates i actually shed a few tears ~haha~

At windowsill pies the day before I left



So here it is, a really personal post dedicated to my sister to let her know how much I appreciate her.

and also to this sister who will never get to use technology, ever.




Friday, 10 April 2015

French Films You Need To Watch!





I don't think many people know, but I am currently learning French during my time in Uni. I have recently discovered that learning languages is a joy! I find them so interesting. (Which made me signed up for Spanish as well) My level of French is nowhere near fluent yet, but so far I can introduce myself, form simple sentences and....book a hotel room? Haha! I bet even little kids speak better than me.

These are the two French films I've watched from my Singapore > Doha > Heathrow flight.





Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sunshine


One of her favourite things to do is to go outside and hang around the corridor.


She'll go to where the sunlight is


 Lay down, get comfy and enjoy it.


Simple things like this makes me so happy -- Seeing her enjoying life.

Friday, 23 January 2015

A Hug In A Bowl

If people say drinking tea is like having a hug in a mug then eating porridge would be a hug in a bowl to me. In the UK, porridge usually means oats cooked with milk, water or both. In Singapore, we refer to that as oatmeal. Porridge to us, is cooking rice with water for a long time until the grains of the rice have become very soft.

I like to eat porridge when having dim sum or when I am sick but I have never been the kind of person who would choose have just porridge as a  meal because it doesn't keep my tummy filled up for long enough and I would look for more food after an hour or two.

I haven't had porridge for ages and I was craving for it so I called my mother over Skype and asked her about how to cook some.



I never knew making good porridge can be so easy! 

To start, you need:
- 1/2 cup of rice
- 1 teaspoon of oil

Put your rice in a pot, add the teaspoon of oil into it and mix everything so every grain of rice is covered with oil. Leave it aside for at least 10 minutes. You can even leave it overnight if you want to!  
(This is the most important step to getting the right texture of porridge. If you skip this, your porridge will not be nice and soft.)


When cooking: 

Fill the pot with water, use your finger to measure, the height of the water should be half of your index finger!

Set fire to medium heat and let it boil. 

Remember to stir your porridge, if not it will stick to the bottom of the pot and burn! 

Add some salt into your porridge, unless you want it to taste bland. 

When all the water is gone and your porridge begins to thicken, it is ready! 

*Tip: My mother told me if I put a ceramic spoon in the pot, it will help the process of your porridge to be smoothier and softer while cooking. 

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Ways to make it tastier:

- Use chicken stock and a bit of water to add flavour.

- Feel free to add ingredients in your porridge! Things like chicken, fish, fishcakes, pork, peanuts and century egg are common ingredients you can find in your porridge in Singapore.

- Prepare a little oil in a pan, chop some garlic and fry it with a bit of sesame oil. This will make your porridge really fragrant!

- Garnish porridge with pepper, soy sauce and spring onions.


Making porridge is really easy, I would say it is a recipe that is impossible to screw up if you remember to stir it occasionally! Ingredients stated does not have to be exact, feel free to increase lr decrease it to your liking. For me, i don't usually measure. 

Have fun! 



Tuesday, 20 January 2015

B R I G H T O N: Blackbird Tea Room



Blackbird Tea Room was a place that I immediately started liking once I had set foot into it. It was a place full of character and not like your usual tearooms nowdays, which is usually decorated with a million buntings and flower pom poms. It was crowded when we got in and had to wait but not long after Natasha and I got a table upstairs. 



I really love the interior of Blackbird Tearoom. Look at that lovely bird print wallpaper and the pattern of the glass of the windows! Everything in here makes me feel "so english".


Natasha recommended that I should try the scone here, so we ordered cream tea. It's scone served with clotted cream, jam and tea.


It was indeed one of the best scones I've ever tasted! It was kinda soft, like a bread's texture. Usually scones I've tried are always tol hard and dry. My faith in scones have been restored once again! I'm not sure if the jam is homemade but it made thes scone taste even more delicious. 

As we were here for lunch, we also ordered two mains. Natasha had whole wheat toast with poached egg and avacado while I had the classic eggs benedict.



Look at how perfect this poached egg was! If that photo wasn't enough, look at the next one.


Bright golden liquidy egg yolk inside!!! 





We visited Blackbird again after a few days because I couldn't resist. All I could think about was those delicious poached eggs with hollandaise sauce. 


This time I opted for eggs royale, which is similar to eggs benedict but with smoked salmon instead of ham and it tasted just as delicious! If not, even better.

I can't wait till I go back to Brighton again because I want to dine in here again. Blackbird Also serves afternoon tea! Mini-cakes and sandwiches! I am so up for that.









Monday, 19 January 2015

The Perfect Pancakes



Tom and I have made pancakes a number of times. This time, we finally got it right! Well actually it was him, I wasn't really doing anything except to take photos of the pancakes.