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Happy Moonie Fest

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

The mid autumn festival marks the autumn equinox, hence its name. It is also a time of harvest in most parts of China, and the people would offer up their fruits of labour, apples peaches pears grapes melons oranges, to worship the moon. This festival has been celebrated by the Chinese for a long time, since the Shang Dynasty from 2000BC-1066BC. It falls on the fifteenth day of the month when the moon is at its fullest, and people would have dinner together, and admire the moon while having sweet snacks and Chinese tea, to wish sweet blessings of family reunion.

A special food during the mid autumn festival is the mooncake. The mooncake is a sweet, dense cake, filled with a paste made from melon seeds, almond seeds, lotus or bean puree and orange zest.It is also round, to imitate the fullness of the moon. A salted egg yolk is traditionally embedded in the centre, and it is baked till the skin turns a light golden brown. The mooncake skin is embossed with traditional symbols of the festival. It taste gorgeous. Truly.

Family friends and relatives would give boxes of mooncakes to each other during the festival, to give well-wishes of family reunion.

Today, many Chinese celebrate the mooncake festival not only by eating mooncakes, but also playing with lanterns and recently sparklers too! Mid autumn festival in Singapore is a festive light-up. Chinatown, Clarke Quay and Marina Bay are lit up with decorative lantern floats and displays to commemorate the festival. Around the neighbourhoods children carrying lanterns dominate the playgrounds and parks. Most of them would sport electric lanterns that emit multicolour lights or even carry a tune, while more composed ones carried the traditional, delicate paper lanterns. Some children may even choose to play with just candles or sparklers.

When I was a kid i did them all with my brother. I had paper lanterns which caught fire, electric lanterns in the sharp of a rabbit, and boxes and boxes of candles which I stuck in the sand pit in the playground. I played with whistling sparklers too! They made my eyes dazzle.

On my way home from work earlier I saw several children who were out early parading their lanterns. Most of them carried electric ones.

I know it is quite a stick-in-the-mud of me to say this, but the paper lanterns definitely rocks much better. It is absolutely fantastic when it catches flames!

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TinoOoOOoo

I thought the title was very apt for the voice lesson we just went for!

It was really really fun! Cam you imagine hollering your lungs (or diaphragm) out for a legitimate cause: to learn how to sing!!

The lesson was pretty cute. We learnt how to finger 6 basic notes, which made my fingers hurt. It was made so easy when we learnt how to grip the guitar neck, position the wrist comfortably, etc.

But the voice lesson was the funnest part of the class! We had to stand up and had to ÄAAAAAAHHH as long as possible to train the length of our breath. Joel and I died halfway, but the other 2 ladies had some super power lungs man! They went on and on very strongly; we were like WOooahh.

I never knew singing could be such science! A brilliant singer had to learn how to project his voice, snatch the right tone and pitch, and control his breathing to hit the right notes! And underneath all the performance must be full of confidence and immersion into the mood of the music in order for it to touch the audience 🙂

Aw how sweet is that! Maybe i’ll never carry a fine tune for all my life, but it is sure impressive to know the hard work behind a beautiful song. I give my respects to all dedicated songbirds out there, keep producing music to feed the souls!

p.s. i KNOW the pictures below are kinda out of the point, but i had a fantastic day and i just wanted to highlight the greatest parts of it 🙂

Unveil the surprise!

Sulky about noodles

Yums to braised meat!

You won't wanna miss the chinatown Chendol snow ice!!

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