Hong Yi

Blog Post 11 - Reflections Through OELP

Day 2

Blog Post 10 - Food in Taiwan

Taiwanese cuisine itself is often associated with influences from mid southern provinces of Mainland China, most notably the province of Fujian, but influences from other other parts of China can be found too. A notable influence from Japan can also be found due to Taiwan being under the rule of Japanese.

Ingredients and Culture
Pork, seafood, soy, chicken and rice are the most common ingredients in Taiwanese cuisines. Beef is Less common, and some Taiwanese (especially the older generation) refrain from eating it. This is part of their religion, Buddhism, and reluctance to kill precious cattle needed for agriculture, and being thankful for the animals for doing very hard labour. Taiwan's cuisine has also been influenced by its geographical location. Living on a crowed island, the Taiwanese had to look aside from the farmlands for sources of protein. As a result, seafood figure prominently in Taiwanese cuisine. Because of the island's sub-tropical location, Taiwan has an abundant supply of various fruit, such as papayas, starfruit, melons and citrus fruit. A wide variety of tropical fruits, imported and native are also enjoyed in Taiwan. Other agriculture products in general are rice, corn, pork, fish, poultry, beef and other fruits and vegetables. Fresh ingredients in Taiwan are readily available from markets. The Taiwanese xiaochi has also gained much reputation internationally. Many travellers go to Taiwan just for xiaochi. The most common place to eat xiaochi in Taiwan is in a night market. Each night market also has its own famous xiaochi. 

  • 棺材板, coffin board, is similar to French toast or bread bowl soups, but is filled with savoury fillings, such as black pepper beef or curried chicken. Thick cut bread is dipped into egg, deep fried, cut along three sides, opened and filled, and eaten.
  • 蚵仔煎, oyster omelette, is a chewy omelette with eggs, oysters, tapioca starch and garland chrysanthemum leaves. It has a soft, sticky texture, and eaten with a sweet and mildly spicy sauce, topped with cilantro. This dish is very common in night markets as it is the most popular snack in Taiwan.
  • 大肠包小肠, small sausage in large sausage, is a grilled Taiwanese pork sausage wrapped in a grilled, salty, sticky rice sausage. usually wrapped with garlic and basil. customer can also choose the flavour they want, such as black pepper, garlic, chilli, butter, and chocolate. Very common snack in night market.
  • 麻辣火锅, spicy hotpot, is becoming more and more popular, especially in Taipei. the soup of this hotpot is very spicy, inclusive of Chinese herbs and other special materials. people can cook what they want with this soup.
  • 珍珠奶茶, bubble tea, aka pearl milk tea is basically chewy chewy tapioca balls added to milk tea
  • 凤梨酥, pineapple tarts, is a short crust pie filled with pineapple filling. It is one of Taiwan's best known dessert pastries.
  • 臭豆腐, stinky tofu, a popular local food in Taiwan and many other Chinese regions such as Hong Kong and Shanghai. It is called "stinky tofu" because of its strong unpleasant odour. It was already a dish in the royal family's meal back in the Qing Dynasty and one of Empress Cixi's favourite food. 

Blog Post 9 - The Merlion

Question: "The Merlion is the best icon to represent Singapore." Do you think this statement is true?

My answer: Yes, I think it is true. 

To show how the merlion represents Singapore

Question at issue
Why is it the BEST?

  • It is the national personification of Singapore.
  • The fish tail represents the fishing village of Temasek and the lion head represents our original name -- Singapura
  • Designed by Fraser Brunner in 1964 for the logo of Singapore Tourism Board (STB) from 26 March 1964 to 1997. Even though the STB doesn't use the merlion as a logo anymore, they continue to protect the merlion symbol. Approvals must go through the STB and merlions appear most on souvenirs.
  • There are 5 official merlions in Singapore. One in sentosa that is 37m tall, the original at the merlion park and a smaller one behind the original. There is also one at Mount Faber and another at the tourism court. The residents in Ang Mo Kio also built their own merlion statue, other countries also have merlion replicas.
  • In the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and this year's SEA Games, the merlion is used as their mascot, for example, Merly in YOG was named after the merlion.

Interpretation and inference
All of the information above shows how the merlion is very important to us as Singaporeans. It not only represents us as a country and allows other tourists to know more about us. If the merlion wasn't so important, we wouldn't have built 5 merlions around Singapore and used the merlion as mascots and for souvenirs.

A national icon is something that can represent the nation, maybe a story of the nation maybe. The Statue of Liberty is about freedom, for example, and America is about freedom. Like them, the merlion has the fish tail that shows the fishing village and the lion head for singapura.

Sang Nila Utama may be a legend, but I assume it is real, since everyone is saying how he saw a lion and named us Singapura. If all this didn't happen, how did Raffles take notice of a tiny little island, and how did Malays end up in our country? (I'm not being racist)

Implications and consequences
People don't take these seriously. Like that boy named Amos Lee.

Points of view
There may be people who dislike the merlion. Some people, like maybe artists, find that the merlion is very ugly. For us Singaporeans, the merlion gives us a sense of pride and belonging. The merlion represents Singapore and Singapore is where we live. We should be proud of our country. That's what a national icon do, doesn't it?

Blog Post 8 - The Golden Age of Tang Dynasty

I learnt that Tang was really prosperous that time because there were many items that are made like wood block printing and so on. It is one of the times where China was the most prosperous in the world.

Lee Kuan Yew and his contributions to Singapore's golden age

Mr Lee is the founding father of Singapore even though Sang Nila Utama found us first and then Raffles came in and named us Singapore. But they did not make Singapore prosperous and make it what Singapore is like today.
Singapore is once a fishing village, after the Japanese occupation, there were many riots and stuff. Mr Lee who nearly died in the Japanese occupation studied law and came back to Singapore to be a politician and set up people action party. He then became the prime minister and banned the citizens from allowing any racial riots to happen and thus Singapore had peace with the different races until now. He made Singaporean boys to become soldiers because they are form Singapore and they should defend their own home and country. He made Singapore stronger and and better and made us into a first world country with very good technology within a short 50 years. 
Like the Tang Dynasty, there are great rulers that ruled China to make the Tang Dynasty so prosperous and advanced. And Mr Lee's the great ruler of singapore. If it wasn't for him, what would Singapore be right now? Without Mr Lee's strict ruling and guidance, Singapore would never have made it to now. Now that Mr Lee passed away, it is up to us to continue his legacy and continue to make Singapore be prosperous, we can't always rely on him to rule our country. He dedicated his life for Singapore, we must be thankful for what we have and never forget what Mr Lee done for us.

Reflection: why I did not bring my CID file

I regret not bringing my cid file because I forgot to place it in my bag. When I realized that I forgot to bring it, it was too late for me to go home because my bus is about to come soon, if I missed it, I'll be late for school that day. I promise that I will never forget to bring my CID file again and place it in ,y locker or under my table so that I won't forget about it.

Blog post 7 - Suzhou Industrial Park

Suzhou industrial park was built to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship so that it can attract high end industries and to learn from Singapore how their country prosper. However, Suzhou built another park right beside it, which is cheaper than the real park and many people decided to invest on the rival park instead of the Suzhou industrial park and caused Singapore some losses.
I feel that China is really unfair, since Singapore paid more for the park than them and yet they built another one that is cheaper yet exactly the same and made Singapore suffer from losses. They should feel glad that Singapore is paying more for the park than them by a lot. I think we should think twice when dealing with China officials, and learn our lessons that China likes to copy other people's ideas and make it cheaper for their own use.

Reflection for presentation

In this presentation, we were asked to find a picture to represent Singapore. And I chose a merlion.
Personally, I feel that I was quite nervous when I was talking and talked too fast. I also think that I might have missed out the main point of the presentation. I think I should have done better but there are going to be more opportunities for me. I am not a public speaker and not good at it because I am scared that I might forget my lines and that I am shy. I believe that there is some way to overcome this fear, and I will improve along the way. People couldn't hear me at the back so I had to talk louder. For some reason that I am able to speak loudly not in front of people but talk really softly in front of audiences. Overall, I find that I have done quite badly in this presentation but it was a nice experience since we don't get to have a speech in front of the class all the time. I need to remember my lines and prepare it properly.

Mr Salesman

Comments for Group 6

Group 6's product is the turbo mop. The presentation is interesting because there were many demonstrations on the different uses of the product. Their group member should speak up more since most of the talking was done by Wen Xuan and Zi Jun. There are some awkward silences in the presentation, but the rest is good. I can't really blame them for not being prepared since time is limited, but they can just discuss who say what part and what to do for just 1-2 minutes. Other than that, their presentation was really great.


China's economic has been rapidly growing over the past few years. Most likely it is due to the hardworking people in China and all the natural resources that China has, and that China has many places of attractions which can attract more tourists. China used to be not so open to the rest of the world as they think they are the best and thus no need for help and advancement. Now that China has opened up to the rest of the world, their economic will increase sharply since they have nearly most of the natural resource and a huge land mass and population. Unlike us, Singapore is tiny and pathetic. Luckily, we are rather good partners with China and we Singaporeans have been helping China be more advanced now. We can send our scholars to China and learn more about their culture and stuff, where we can improve ourselves too.


This is based on last year's news report
"Singapore's population grew by 1.6 per cent, the slowest growth rate in the past nine years, according to a government report published today."
Taken from: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapores-population-growth-slows-0

The amount of children in Singapore is getting lesser and lesser. I mostly likely guess that it is because of all the stress the adults now are taking and they might think that having a child is very troublesome and requires them to pay a lot of attention on them. The adults now are really competitive, So maybe they think that having children will hinder their way of life.

 Having children may be difficult but at least they past down your own genes and your parents are happy to have a grandchild. But the problem comes when there is only one child. When they grow up, they face more stress. Firstly, more people are getting smarter and the employers stop looking for people that has good grades, which basically means that they have to compete with even more people to get a good job. Secondly, they have 4 parents to support. It isn't easy for children. 

Most importantly, the government is relying on the youths to grow up and form a new way of governing Singapore. It may be hard for the government to pass the country down to the next generation.

There are an increasing number of elderys these few days, and adding to the number a babies borned each year, I kind of doubt that the amount of children can support their elders. Usually those families with children only have 1 or 2, if it was in the past, they would have many many children. Can the children really be able to handle their parents and grandparents all by themselves? Not to forget the stress they'll face when they work. 


Taken from: http://yoursdp.org

This is a picture about a homeless man. Apparently he has a missing limb. This scene can always been seen around crowded areas since they need to beg for money in order to live. It is usually the elderly, impaired people who are on the streets who are trying to earn money. I think that he looks like he really needed help since he ain't wearing expensive clothing and only has a small bag to put all his things. The pedestrians should help too.
If I saw this kind of situation along the streets or anything, I will try to help them by giving them a little bit of money or food and hope that the rest will be the same too. :)
I really wish that passer-bys can help all these homeless people that  are really in need. They might think that poverty doesn't really exist in Singapore just because it is quite rich, but the thing is poverty exist everywhere. When there is rich, there will be poor too.


I went to Taiwan in December so some of the words will be in chinese.

The first part of Taiwan I went to is Taipei. It is suppppperrrr cold there and it keeps raining which basically makes things worse. I wanted to go Taipei 101 to look at the night scene, but it was too foggy to see anything clearly. It's sad. And I went to this place called 野柳. It is very windy and cold (as well). But, the sea there is rather clear and lots of huge waves beating on the shores. There were many rocks carved out by the sea like the 女王头. There were also some fossils!

The waves of 野柳

And then we went to 九份. We bought lots of souvenirs and food. Many of the souvenirs for my friends are bought from there. The food there is awesome :)! We were supposed to go and 放天灯 but it was raining so we could only go back to the hotel (Gosh, the rain keeps ruining our plans).

The second part was when we went took the train to go to Taichung. The train is quite fast, it took about half an hour to reach there, I think. Then we took bus to 日月潭. It's basically just a lake and you can take the ferry around to different destinations. After that, we went to 阿里山. It is really cold in the morning and the rest of the day. My teeth can't stop chattering. Luckily it didn't rain when we went to watch the sunrise (For once the rain did not ruin our plans). It is a beautiful scene there. I can't blame the hotels to be lousy since we're in the mountains, we should be lucky to get at least some WiFi.

After that, we went to Tainan to find some of my grandma's relatives. It is surprisingly warm there but there were only historical sites so it was extremely boring. The good thing is they have a lot of stamps. I  collected quite a lot already. The trip to Tainan wasn't too long and we went back to Taipei.

It is still raining and still very foggy so we still can't go to Taipei 101. But we did some shopping and went to the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Center. My mum bought me the old coin collection but I had to make it as my Christmas present. 

So the 10 day trip to Taiwan is over.

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