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Happy 51st Birthday, Singapore

It is August again. To wish Singapore a happy birthday, here is a haiku for Singapore:

In a beautiful

breezy rainy eighth-month sky…

shout “Happy Birthday!”

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Once, my student asked me to write a haiku. A haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. The haiku poems consist of three lines. The first and the last lines of a haiku have five syllables and the second line has seven syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

If you would like to play language game with Primary school students, haiku is a good option. It is short and seldom rhymes, so it is easy for beginners to start making poems of their own.

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Thank You, Singapore!

Singapore is 50 years old this year!

Every Singaporean and permanent resident household receives a SG50 funpack. Every funpack is different. Here are the items that are inside the funpack for my family.

1. The tote bag that contains all the items. (It reads “Never mind lah!”)


Tote bag in red and white

2. Some related booklets



3. The national flags. (One inside the plastic bag)


National flags

4. Snacks and drink (haw flakes and lollipop)


Snacks and drink

5. Figurine of Singa, erasers, Snap card game, etc.


Singa figurine, erasers, etc

6. I was wondering why the image is mirror image, and then I realize it is tattoo.



7. The most important thing that I was looking for: “NDP 2015”


“NDP 2015”

I do not unwrap the items. They will be kept for my children and grandchildren to see, excluding the snacks and drink, of course!

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Happy Birthday, Singapore!

August is a month of celebration for Singapore. 

Happy Birthday, Singapore!

Selamat Hari Lahir, Singapura!



Singapore is 49 years old this year!

As I am learning Japanese, I would like to wish Singapore a happy birthday in Japanese too:


(If you would like to use the Japanese phrase to wish your friend a happy birthday, you may use お誕生日おめでとうございます or お誕生日おめでとう depending on how close you are to him / her.)



It Must Have Been Short

Today (11 August 2013) is the last day of the long weekend in Singapore and Malaysia. Both countries celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri on 8 August. Malaysia continued the celebration on 9 August for Hari Raya Aidilfitri while Singapore celebrated its 48th National Day.

Some of my friends have gone for a short holiday; some just stay at home resting as they still need to work on 10 August (Saturday). No matter what is your choice of enjoying the holiday, I hope you have accomplished what you have planned.

For me, the long weekend feels like a short one. 8 August was a spring cleaning day, the kitchen and the toilets were cleaned and two electrical plugs were changed. In the afternoon, I went to an exhibition and bought some books and stationery.

I have been planning to go to Singapore Philatelic Museum for some time. Thus, I went there on 9 August. It is a small museum but I have learnt one important concept, that is, I am just a stamp collector, not a philatelist. A philatelist is a person who not only collects stamps, postcards and first day covers, he / she also studies and learns about them.

joyfulyue.wordpress.com_Singapore Philatelic Museum

Wearing red hat at Singapore Philatelic Museum

10 August was considered back to normal for me. There was a class in the morning and I went to Gardens by the Bay in the afternoon. As it was a long holiday, you could see many people visiting Gardens by the Bay. There were long queues everywhere! I was thinking of writing a post, but I was too tired from walking the whole day, well, almost the whole day.

11 August, I am publishing a post. There will be a class in the afternoon until evening. At night, I will be having dinner and preparing for next week.

The long holiday sounds really short, does it not? What have you done in the past three days? And what you will be doing today?