Thursday 30 July 2015

Episodes 1 to 10 of 《信约:我们的家园》 "The Journey: Our Homeland"

《信约:我们的家园》 "The Journey: Our Homeland" debuted on MediaCorp channel 8 on 16 Jul 2015, 9 pm. This is the finale of the trilogy “The Journey”. 

Hong Minghui (played by Jeanette Aw) passed away after giving birth to a son, named Zhang Junteng. Zhang Min (played by Felicia Chin) and Hong Dangyong (played by Andie Chen) helped to look after Junteng while Zhang Jia was grieving over the death of Minghui.

Meixue (played by Rui'en), Minghui's colleague and good friend, helped Zhang Jia to find a nanny for his son after Junteng developed rashes because he was allergic to formula milk. She also helped to take care of Junteng from time to time. 

Zhang Yan (played by Romeo Tan) had escaped from prison and came back to Singapore to seek revenge. However, he was upset to find that Minghui had already passed away and blamed Zhang Jia for not taking good care of Minghui.

In last night's episode (Episode 10), Hong Dangyong was killed by Zhang Yan. Zhang Min was devastated and attempted to kill Zhang Yan. Zhang Yan was crushed by metal racks and lamps and eventually died from electric shock in the warehouse. Hong Kuan already knew of his true parentage by then and asked Zhang Min if he could pay respect to his biological father. Zhang Min told him if he dared to do so, she would disown him. Hong Kuan still went ahead because he knew his biological father loved him too. Zhang Min was so angry and threw him out of the house.

Tonight, we shall see whether Hong Kuan really leaves Zhang Min and how he survives outside.

Wednesday 29 July 2015

SG Funpack

We were finally able to collect our SG Funpack last week. We received the dragon playground design tote bag. I was pleasantly surprised that the bag came with a partition inside and a zip on the outside. It should come in useful.

Sera especially loved the Singa figurine.

I used to be able to play the capteh very well when I was in primary school. Now, I can only manage one kick. Sigh. 

We haven't tried playing Snap yet. Maybe we will try to play during the National Day weekend. However, I don't really remember how to play this game.

Some other stuff in our SG Funpack.

Thank you to the NDP committee for giving us this SG Funpack.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

《歌台星力量》"Ge Tai Challenge" (Episode 9)

《歌台星力量》("Ge Tai Challenge") is a variety show currently airing on MediaCorp Channel 8 on every Monday, from 8 pm to 9 pm. 

歌台(Ge Tai) is a unique culture and arts in Singapore. It is a boisterous live stage performance traditionally held during the Hungry Ghost Festival (lunar seventh month). MediaCorp Channel 8 presented this GeTai Challenge - a singing competition among current GeTai singers - as part of SG50 (Singapore's Golden Jubilee) celebrations this year,

The first show of《歌台星力量》("
Ge Tai Challenge") started with 10 groups of contestants who were shortlisted. All of them were Ge Tai singers whose experiences ranged from a few years to a few decades. The first episode was purely a performance to let everyone see them perform in their most relaxed state. The actual competition began in the second episode. Each of their scores would accumulate from episodes 2 to 7. 

In last night's episode (episode 9), one of the contestants皓皓 came up with the idea of having flowers and snow as props to create a very good effect which complimented his song very well. The title of the song that he sang was 《寒江雪》 ("Snow on the River")。However, the most impressive part was that he was able to sing some parts of the song in a high pitched female voice which was originally sung by a female Beijing opera star. He was truly amazing! He really put in a lot of effort in all the shows that he performed and I am truly impressed!

I also liked the song that 黄振隆 performed. It was composed by him and his band members. His band's name is called "乱乱来乐队". So cute! The title of the song was《埃菲尔的骄傲》which could be translated as "The Pride of Eiffel". It was a fast song. The lyrics were mainly about encouraging people not to give up their dreams. As long as you have the willingness to work hard and the determination, no one can stop you from succeeding. Just like the Eiffel Tower was not built in one day; it was built upon the sweat of many people. 

皓皓 got the highest score in last night's episode. Team A, which he belonged, got into the semi-final of the competition too. Other members in Team A included 陈建彬,承泽&秀萍(husband & wife group), and 李宝恩. The competition format for this round was that as long as the total scores of the whole team exceeded the total scores of the other team, the whole team would proceed on smoothly to the semi-finals. Team B lost to Team A by a very small margin in their total scores and thus team B was kicked out of the competition.

The contestants in Team B (朱莉莉,罗翊绮, 黄振隆,谢伟娜)would be competing with each other in the next episode for the chance to return to the semi-finals of 《歌台星力量》"Ge Tai Challenge"

Songs sung at Ge Tai used to be old songs. During these few episodes of Ge Tai Challenge, the contestants really put in a lot of effort to create props and performed many new songs too. I also learnt that they actually have to come up with their own money to engage dancers and helpers for the stage performances for this competition. They have really brought Ge Tai to a whole new level!

Related posts:

《歌台星力量》"Ge Tai Challenge" (Episode 10)
《歌台星力量》"Ge Tai Challenge" Finals and Toggle Awards

Thursday 9 July 2015

Fridge Organization

We bought a new refrigerator a few weeks ago. This new refrigerator was smaller than our previous refrigerator so it was a challenge to squeeze in the food, beverages and other items. 

We decided that we needed to do something to optimize the usage of the interior space. We didn't want to buy those stackable containers to use in the fridge because this would give us more work. We would have to remove food stuff from its original packaging and place them inside the container immediately after coming back from grocery shopping. We have to wash the containers before and after every use which takes more effort on our part. Furthermore, we preferred to leave the beverages, sauces and other items in their original packaging to prevent contamination and spoilage. 

For the lower part of the fridge, we thought we could get a drawer box, a rack or a metal partition/panel (to have another slot to put things) to fully utilize the vertical space. We did not find a suitable drawer for this purpose. Similarly, we could not find the right size for the metal partition/panel at Daiso. So, we settled for the small metal rack (green) sold at Daiso and bought another plastic basket. The basket worked somewhat like a drawer as we only needed to pull it out to take the item on the innermost corner of the basket. We no longer need to take out everything from that shelf just to get the item. This worked quite well, leaving the other half of the shelf space for tall bottles. We could also place some small items on the metal rack. 

On another shelf, I used another plastic basket that I already had to put packets of chrysanthemum, curry powder etc. as the packets were not stackable. This freed up at least half the space previously used. The extra space could be used to defrost meat and put other items.

Basket with packets of food stuff in it on the right

Another shelf with a tray

As mentioned in my post on Hitachi Refrigerator R-H350P4MS on Anne's Product Reviews Blog, it was a bit cumbersome to take ice cubes out from the freezer as we had to take the twist ice maker out before we could take the ice cubes from the transparent ice tray. To solve this problem, we bought another metal rack (white) with a shorter width from Daiso. So now, we could take out the ice cubes more easily.

You could see from the picture above that I had used another ice tray to put packets of frozen food. I used this instead of a plastic basket as I was concerned that the plastic might not be able to withstand the cold air in the freezer and might crack. So I thought using the ice tray was the safest way since it was meant to be put in a freezer in the first place.

Related post:

Hitachi Refrigerator R-H350P4MS (Anne's Product Reviews Blog)

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