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Quiet Start to the Day

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Lately, one of the things I’ve been doing almost every morning is to go to the food court in school for a delicious dim sum breakfast. The university just opened a new food court which is quite affordable. And they sell delicious dim sum! Now, my morning ritual consists of chee cheong fan (steamed rice rolls) with either siew mai …

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Colbar – Colonial Bar

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Hidden in some quiet corner along the AYE (Ayer-Rajah Expressway) near Portsdown, lies a nice little cafe/bar that sells authentic Hainanese-style Western food! Some Singapore history for non-Singaporeans reading this: When the British colonised Singapore, they divided the various ethnicities. The Chinese community was further divided according to their dialect groups. The early Chinese settlers, such as the Hokkiens and …

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A Visit to the Institute of South East Asian Studies

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Today, I had the opportunity to visit the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS). If you’re not familiar with it, this is the institute that publishes several books about South East Asia (nooo… really?) on a wide array of topics, but usually on cultural studies, economics, history, politics, and sociology. I’ve read several books published by them. What makes …