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30 Minute Cookin’ with Celebrity Chef Eric Teo and Panasonic

A few weeks back, I was invited by Panasonic Singapore to do a sharing session on food photography and blogging at celebrity Chef Eric Teo’s Studio in Henderson.

Group photo
Group photo
A glimpse of Chef Eric Teo's work station
A glimpse of Chef Eric Teo’s work station
Media coverages on Chef Teo adorned the wall of his studio
Media coverages on Chef Teo adorned the wall of his studio
Some of Chef Teo's various award wins and trophies
Some of Chef Teo’s various award wins and trophies
Chef Teo's super bling bling robe
Chef Teo’s super bling bling robe

If you are interested to find out more on my presentation, the deck is available here (Food Photography and Blogging Basics from Alvin Lim):

Other than me sharing on photography tips using the awesome Panasonic Lumix GX7, the highlight of the day was the cooking demonstration by Chef Teo:

Chef Teo at work
Chef Teo at work
Chef Teo frying the mushrooms
Chef Teo frying the mushrooms
Chef Teo plating
Chef Teo plating
Chef Eric Teo's mixed mushroom fried with beer batter
Chef Eric Teo’s mixed mushroom fried with beer batter
Take pictures!
Take pictures!
Black tofu from black soya beans
Black tofu from black soya beans
Pouring the blended black tofu into little cups
Pouring the blended black tofu into little cups
Cooking prawns
Cooking prawns
Chef Teo working on scallops
Chef Teo working on scallops
It's just stir-fried seafood and red pepper, but Chef Teo cooked them so beautifully everyone present could not wait to taste them
It’s just stir-fried seafood and red pepper, but Chef Teo cooked them so beautifully everyone present could not wait to taste them
Adding the seafood into the tofu cups
Adding the seafood into the tofu cups
Chef Eric Teo's black tofu with seafood
Chef Eric Teo’s black tofu with seafood – my favourite dish for the day 
Moving on to the last dish - sambal fried rice
Moving on to the last dish – sambal fried rice
Chef Teo joked that experts only add the eggs right at the end
Chef Teo joked that experts only add the eggs right at the end
Close-up on the beautiful rice grains
Close-up on the beautiful rice grains
Plating the fried rice
Plating the fried rice
Chef Eric Teo's sambal fried rice
Chef Eric Teo’s sambal fried rice

You can view all the photos I took at the event with the Panasonic Lumix GX7 in this public facebook album.

The event was organised by local production company, Rolleyes. Teaming up with six renowned local chefs, Rolleyes seeks to make gourmet home cooking a reality for their viewers through their new 30 Minute Cookin’ series:

In each episode, viewers are shown how to achieve two to three-course meals within 30 minutes. Chef Teo’s demonstration is as part of this programme.

Visit 30 Minute Cookin' for more details
Visit 30 Minute Cookin’ for more details

You can watch Chef Teo’s cooking demonstrations as well as more from other  renowned chefs via the official website for 30 Minute Cookin’. 🙂

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TOP 10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos in Singapore (2013)

As we approach the end of 2013, YouTube did a recap of the top ten local videos enjoyed on their channel over the past year.

Humour it seems, topped the list.

How many of the videos in the top ten list have you seen?

1. Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) [Official music video HD]

2. Gangam Style – PSY (Jayesslee Cover)

3.”Beauty And A Beat” – Justin Bieber (Alex Goot, Kurt Schneider, and Chrissy Costanza Cover)

4. Ah Boys to Men 2: THE JOURNEY (making of)

5. 16 Types of People at Sentosa

6. 11 Reasons Why Singaporeans Complain!

7. Singaporean Gentleman (Psy- Gentleman Parody)

8. 17 Types of Singaporean Couples

9. Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise

10. 10 TYPES OF GIRLS IN SINGAPORE CLUBS

On Anonymous declaring “War” on Singapore PAP government

Via Yahoo! Singapore News (31 Oct 2013):

A hacker group claiming to be the notorious Anonymous collective has put up a YouTube video promising that it will declare war on the Singapore government if it does not stand down from an internet licensing framework that critics have said restricts freedom of speech.

The video, which surfaced online two days ago, was removed from YouTube just minutes after it went viral on Facebook and Twitter today with over 4,000 shares. The video, however, has been reposted on Facebook, other channels on YouTube, and various video platforms.

The message goes: “the primary objective of our invasion was to protest the implementation of the internet licensing framework by giving you a sneak peak of the state of your cyberspace if the ridiculous, communistic, oppressive and offensive framework gets implemented.”

It continues: “We have faced much larger and more secured corporations such as the FBI and the NSA. Do you think the IDA will be a problem for us? … so mark our words when we say that we Anonymous stand firm on our belief that no Government has the right to deprive their citizens the freedom of information.”

The video then called on “fellow Singaporean brothers and sisters” to start a public protest by dressing in black and red on November 5 and blacking out their Facebook profile pictures.

A day later, via Yahoo! Singapore News (1 Nov 2013):

Activist group Anonymous hacked a Singapore newspaper website Friday over Internet freedom in the city-state, where government agencies are now reportedly on alert for wider cyber attacks.

The website of the pro-government Straits Times was hacked early in the day by apparent members of the group, which is opposing recently introduced licensing rules for news websites in Singapore on censorship grounds.

The attackers, using the name “Messiah”, took over the blog of a Straits Times journalist, saying she had distorted “our words and intentions” in a report on the group’s threat a day earlier to “wage war” on the Singapore government.

“We oppose any form of Internet censorship among other things,” said a post on the journalist’s hacked blog, which is part of the newspaper’s website and has been taken offline.

The hackers urged the journalist to apologise within 48 hours “to the citizens of Singapore for trying to mislead them”.

If she fails to apologise, “then we expect her resignation”, the hacker said in the hacked account, still visible in online caches.

“If those demands are met we will be on our way. But in the event our demands are not met in the next 48 hours, we will place you in our ‘to do’ list and next time you wont (sic) be let off this easy.”

Asian media giant Singapore Press Holdings, which publishes the newspaper, said: “We have made a police report, and the police are investigating.”

Reported on AsiaOne another day later (2 Nov 2013):

Many government websites were down on Saturday since 1.30pm.

Besides gov.sg, many users also complained of difficulties accessing other government ministries websites.

The list of government websites down so far: ACRA.gov.sg, AVA.gov.sg, Careers.gov.sg, CNB.gov.sg, GOV.SG, IDA.gov.sg, ISD.gov.sg, ICA.gov.sg, LTA.gov.sg, PUB.gov.sg, MHA.gov.sg, Prisons.gov.sg, SGDI.gov.sg, Singpass.gov.sg, SPF.gov.sg.

IDA said in their Facebook page that “government websites are under planned maintenance and will be back ASAP (as soon as possible).”

Some members of the public commented on IDA’s Facebook page, noting tha the IDA’s latest update was done via a mobilephone, which was highly unusual as all its previous Facebook updates were posted from a web browser.

A user said: “Shouldn’t planned maintenance be announced in advance?”

Another user also added: “Why did you plan a maintenance on a weekend when many Singaporeans are using websites like ICA’s to renew their passports and other important government functions? Why was this not publicised much earlier given that many Singaporeans are affected. If it’s planned, why is there a need to make it ASAP?”

What is next?

Will the hackers be caught and invited to ‘lim kopi’?

In a news article published in tabloid newspaper, The New Paper, an anonymous lawyer was quoted saying that “such videos proclaiming war against the Government actually contravene the penal code, and the possible penalty is death”.

DEATH.

Yes, you read it correctly.

What if the hacker was a ten year old computer genius?

Death sentence too?

The string of incidents is like a movie plot with one revelation made with each passing day. The deadline was given as 5 Nov 2013. I will be watching this date.

I wonder how many people will really dress in black or red this Tuesday to support the hacker group and how many will ‘black out’ their Facebook profile picture.

I am quite ambivalent over the whole saga.

The first thought which came to my mind was whether Anonymous had hacked into NS.SG since it was launched because it sucks so much…

Jokes aside, I find it alarming that most people online seems to be on the side of the hackers. Either that or they are like me, just sitting by and enjoying the show with popcorns in hands. There is not much love for the PAP government these days.

Meanwhile, my sympathy goes out to all the folks working in the IT department of government ministries, statutory boards and government-linked corporations in Singapore. While the rest of us were enjoying our Deepavali weekend, they were probably busy buffing up their security systems to keep Singapore safe.

[Sponsored Video] Ambi Pur Smelly to Smiley Challenge

Is it possible to turn #SmellyToSmiley?

Leading P&G air fresher brand, Ambi Pur did a test to find out just that.

Ambi Pur set up a room full of smelly items, with old shoes, durian, and dirty food cans. They then guided some real, blindfolded folks into the room, asked them to smell the room thoroughly, and then describe their experience.

Can  Ambi Pur undo the damage from the stinky items? Watch this video to find out:

I remember when I was serving my NS, our air-con bunk always smell of sweat and old socks. Repulsive. A healthy dose of Ambi Pur then would have made all of us happier and fitter to defend the nation – a real life scenario of #SmellyToSmiley.

Can you think of other real life #SmellyToSmiley scenerio?

Tweet and share them with Ambi Pur using #SmellyToSmiley. Here are some of the examples I thought of:

1.  School changing rooms, especially after a long PE lesson.

2. Car interior after transporting a cargo load of durians home for the family.

3. A guest lighted up and puffed away in your home with your air-con on.

4. Your parents just made their own belachan (nonya shrimp paste) in your kitchen.

5. You run and operate a stinky tofu stall.

6. Someone has body odour in the office and is not using any deodorant.

7. You love to eat blue cheese, but sadly, the rest of your family members don’t.

8. Your child brought his/her basketball teammates home after a sweaty match.

9. Your new citizen neighbours dislike curry smell.

10. You only do your laundry once a month and pile up all your cloths in one corner.

More details on Ambi Pur is available via their official website. 

This post sponsored by Ambi Pur.

LEGO Friends Friendship Giveaway

LEGO Friends has recently launched their new friendship campaign and is partnering Alvinology.com for a giveaway.

As part of the friendship campaign, LEGO Friends has rolled out a short film titled, “How to Build a Friendship”:

In addition to this, LEGO Friends  has also rolled out a Limited Edition Friendship Diary, encouraging children to jot down their thoughts and feelings. The diary is filled with engaging activities including drawing spaces, craftwork and an assortment of games that can be played with friends. A nice gift for the little ones.

I am giving away the following on this blog:

Top Prize
1 x Friendship Diary
1 x Heartlake Pet Salon (usual price: S$59.90)

Runner Up Prizes (x2)
1 x Friendship Diary
1 x Mia’s Magic Tricks (usual price: S$19.90)

How can you win these prizes?

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Watch the “Lessons of Friendship” film
  2. Do a screen capture of the video
  3. Write a nice Friendship-related statement with the screen capture as a meme and email it to alvinologist@gmail.com by 15 Nov 2013. Here is a sample from me: 

The most creative memes (purely by judging only) will win the prizes

Easy?

Send in your entries now. I look forward to reading your memes. 🙂

NTUC First Campus – It Began With You

Are you familiar with NTUC First Campus?

NTUC First Campus (NFC) is a pioneering childcare operator in Singapore, established since the 1970s. It manages three pre-school brands which parents with young children will be familiar with – My First Skool, The little Skool-House International and The Caterpillar’s Cove.

NFC runs a total of 120 centres island-wide, guided by the principle that every child deserves a good start in life. Its social mission is to ensure that every child, regardless of social or economic background, can receive quality and affordable early childhood care and education.

It is with these in mind that NFC embarks on a social recruitment campaign to promote the appreciation for pre-school educators and encourage more to fulfill their aspirations in joining the early childhood care and education industry. I am happy to know of this campaign spearheaded by NFC and am more than willing to help spread the words.

Personally, I have great respect for people working as pre-school educators, just like those in the nursing professions. These are jobs which require a lot of care and patience.

Close your eyes and visualise what a pre-school educator should be like – does a kind, parent-like figure comes to mind?

Can you picture yourself as this person?

If you can, the future of Singapore may just lie in your nurturing hands:

If you love children and believe you can make a difference in the little ones’ lives, consider sending your resume over for a career with NTUC First Campus.

NFC works hard to establish support network and career advancement opportunities for their staff. Both new and current teachers can develop their knowledge and skills in their tailored training programs, as well as learn the best practices through regular meetings and forums.

To find out more about NFC careers and positions available, do visit their official social recruitment website – It Began with You.  or their official facebook page. 

Meanwhile, if you are undecided, consider taking this online challenge to find out if you can understand a child will and have what it takes to be a pre-school teacher:

NFC is giving away S$50 CapitaMall vouchers weekly for participants of the online challenge. In addition, there is also a grand prize of a travel package worth S$1,500. Try out the online challenge HERE on Facebook or HERE if you do not have a facebook account. Have fun. 🙂

Dr Lim Wee Kiak: Serving two years NS privilege belongs to Singaporeans

Who voted this guy into parliament?

I love this quote from Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC, on the results of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) survey on National Service (NS):

“What you realise from this survey is that majority are not asking them (PRs) to serve exactly the same two years system. In fact, serving the two years is a privilege. I am quite glad that many Singaporeans realised that and that should be a privilege that belongs to Singaporeans.”

Serving two years NS is a privilege?

I have always seen it as a necessary sacrifice that falls on the shoulder of Singapore-born males. Thanks for enlightening me that it should be seen as a privilege.

Here is a definition of the word privilege from Dictionary.com: “a special right, immunity, or exemption granted to persons in authority or office to free them from certain obligations or liabilities”.

The key words here are “free from certain obligations or liabilities”.

By this definition, it seems to me that to give PRs the option to volunteer and choose whether they want to serve NS fits better as a “privilege”  because they have a choice to be free from NS obligations and liabilities.

For those of us who have no choice as conscripts, wouldn’t enslavement and slaves be better words?

By the way, Dr Lim Wee Kiak is the same brilliant doctor who said this on a revision of ministerial pay:

“If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communications and the Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some problems when he discusses policies with media CEOs who earn millions of dollars because they need not listen to the minister’s ideas and proposals, hence a reasonable payout will help to maintain a bit of dignity.”

Strange.

I consider serving as a MP or a Minister a privilege. In fact, a very huge privilege.

You can choose not to run for elections or serve as a MP or a Minister. That is a privilege. I cannot choose not to serve NS/ICT/RT/IPPT/IPT. 

If NS is considered a privilege, using the same logic from our good doctor, it is sad that many NSFs will feel that they cannot defend the country when faced with professional, career soldiers from other countries like the United States as they are drawing a measly allowance compared to these mercenaries. We need more pay for dignity. Would the good doctor agree on this?

I wanted to stop blogging about the NS issue as I know it will get nowhere except me getting more unnecessary and unfair attention.

Thanks to Dr Lim Wee Kiak, I am drawn to write another post by the sheer intelligence of his comment.

This is the same doctor who insulted his senior in parliament, Mr Low Thia Khiang  with a totally uncalled for remark on his hearing aid

“I will quote (from your speech then) one more time. And maybe your hearing aid has to be (turned) up a little bit.”

Wow.

Back to the NS issue – I have to concur with Alex that a NS review will not take place. The system is not going to change if you look at the way the whole issue is being framed and discussed, following the results of the IPS survey.

People like me calling for a review of the NS system will always be brushed aside as a so-called “vocal minority”.

Why can’t I fight this?

It is because those serving or who have served NS are in the minority in the first place!

With 16 new immigrants and only 5 new births a day, the NS minority will just keep shrinking in the years ahead
With 16 new immigrants and only 5 new births a day, the NS minority will just keep shrinking in the years ahead

Subtract the women, subtract the foreigners and you find that you have way less than half of the total Singapore population who have served or are currently serving NS.

Among these are those who truly love NS (I am happy for them and am sure they will continue to give their service even if NS is abolished one day), army regulars and such. Subtract these people, how many are there left?

I am very sure majority of us who have served or are currently serving feel a review needs to be in place to make the system more relevant to today’s globalized economy and work fairer for us in the workplace and in the civilian world.

However, if you conduct a survey across the entire population, this result will never show.

A fellow blogger, Reddotwinston, did a good dissertation on the flaws of the IPS survey. Here is one highlight I pulled out:

“Defense is a public good. Wait… national defense is a PURE public good. By that, it means that the consumption of the Good (in this case, defense) is non excludable and non rivalrous. By non excludable, it means once defense is provided, even people who don’t pay/contribute, cannot be excluded from the consumption of it. By non rivalrous, it means that your consumption of the good is not going to prevent/reduce my consumption of the good. The problem with goods that are public good especially those that are non excludable is the free-rider problem. Basically, people who don’t contribute/pay are still able to enjoy the benefits of it.

Now if you remember the story I had right from the start, all the gatherers in the village are all for sending 10 young strong hunters to the monster because they get to enjoy the benefit of clean air without having to pay the cost of living with the monster. By asking servicemen and public whether “NS is necessary for the defense of Singapore” and having 50% of your respondents being women, you kind of bias the response towards an agreement.”

Having a NS system build up a defense force which keeps Singapore safe. There is no argument to this. If you ask those who do not have to serve NS if a NS review is necessary, there is no reason for them to say no as they get to enjoy this benefit without having to put in anything. Ask them if they support the current NS system if they have to serve two years full-time and at least ten years part-time NS upon saying yes. Let’s see how the results will change.

Anyway, I accepted defeat.

I will just suck my thumb and shut up because I will always be deemed as an insignificant “vocal minority” – even though NSmen and NSF are an actual minority in this country and even though my opinion may represent the majority among this minority.