SDA Rally @ Tampines Stadium

April 29, 2006

I’ve been meaning to go for an Oppposition Rally but never really got the chance to do so, until today! There will be a SDA Rally at Tampines Stadium later from 7-10pm. It will be interesting to note the number of people who would be interested enough to come and listen to what SDA has to say concerning its “Eight Golden Paths”. Initially I had difficulty even finding out whether or not there will be anything remotely political happening in Tampines, since its not really considered as a hotspot even though it had been contested consistently in the last six elections, except during the 1997 elections. You can find out more about where the rallies are being held here.

Tampines sees another PAP vs SDA contest

SINGAPORE : Tampines is seeing a contest for votes between incumbent People’s Action Party and the Singapore Democratic Alliance in this general election, just as it did five years ago. Then, the PAP won the battle with nearly 75 percent of the valid votes.

No stranger to competition, this constituency has been contested in the last six elections, with the exception of 1997. Tampines was dubbed a “middle-aged town” by its MP of 18 years, Minister Mah Bow Tan. He has seen the estate mature and the number of voters there double to over 126,000. This general election, Mr Mah will lead his team into battle for the fifth time.

They comprise incumbents Ong Kian Min, Sin Boon Ann and Irene Ng as well newcomer Masagos Zulkifli, who replaces veteran MP Yatiman Yusof. They are being challenged by the SDA’s Arthero Lim Tung Hee, who quit the Singapore Democratic Party early this year, Tan Lead Shake and three newcomers — Edmund Ng Say Eng, Abdul Rahman Mohamad and Ong Hock Siong.

Said Mr Lim, “We came up with the ‘eight golden paths’ for Tampines. This tailor-made programme will eventually come into form if we get elected, and I think the residents are excited about something that is tailor-made. So this is the difference.” Their strategy covers issues like affordable health-care, social security and improved living environment. They also propose a new entrepreneur centre and an estate wired up with broadband available to the residents.

But the PAP team says specifics alone are not enough. Said Mr Mah, “They can put up 108 golden paths. The important thing is, can they implement? Do they have the ability to implement? Residents must ask them these questions and voters must decide.” He added, “I think the specifics of the programmes really are not important because when we talk about the programmes, we are 100 percent confident we are able to deliver. If we can’t, we won’t talk about it.” What the PAP team hopes to bring home to voters is the message that it has delivered on its promises. It is on track with its Lift Upgrading Programme, and using new technologies that will result in savings for the residents.

As the town, which is about 20 years old now, ages, estate renewal has become the talking point for residents, whose profile has also tended towards the retired and elderly. “More activity arranged for us, especially for above 50 years old. We need more activity, for family and harmony for every races,” said resident Asmah Mohamed Lani. These are issues the PAP team says it wants to deal with — plugging the gap for families with young children, promising to move beyond kindergartens and building more nurseries in the constituency, and doing more for the elderly as the estate ages.

Most residents in Tampines GRC say they have already made up their minds as to who they will choose come Polling Day. In the meantime, they are open to what both parties have to say during the campaigning period.

“I will attend most of the rallies by the opposition or by the PAP, just to size up their promise,” resident Kam Kwee Teck said. – CNA /ct

Its obvious who we are going to vote for in Tampines. Besides the fact there’s literally no opposition presence in the five years between elections, I don’t think most Tampines residents would favour the SDA. I’m still puzzling over what issues would Tampines residents be interested in, be it localised or national ones. Would there be a controversy? Lets wait and see!


Supper @ Pasar Borong Pandan, Johor Bahru

April 16, 2006

Prata dragonball

Plain prata enveloping crab balls, onion and lettuce, covered with cheese, fries and chili sauce! My siblings and I were quite amazed at the different types of prata available at one of the stalls. We were particularly shocked that one of the pratas were called prata racun which meant Poisoned Prata! So we were quite curious as to how each of the different prata tasted like. I was actually under the impression that my sister was going to order the prata racun so I ordered prata dragonball which was also quite intriguing. In the end she didn’t! So sad. Anyway, I rather enjoyed this prata, with all its Western attachments. Quite creative in my opinion!

Roti Naan

One of the best bread I have ever eaten! Light, soft, crispy, warm, slightly rubbery… It has a very unique texture quite unlike normal breads you eat. The way its cooked is also very special because the flattened dough is slammed onto the sides of a huge clay oven, which is heated up at a very high temperature. I ‘m not sure but I think this is a mediterranean type of bread, Turkish maybe?


A spicy beef curry which goes well with the light puffiness of the roti naan! I was licking the plates off with the bits of naan! Better than the normal curry you get for roti pratas.

Bee Hoon Tom Yum

Extremely spicy, but having a very subtle taste of tom yum, more like an after taste. It was a pleasant change to eat tom yum that does hits you right in your face. Simply delightful!

Ais Jagung

Thoroughly sweet, overladen with yellow food colouring – this corn drink was a surprise since my sister thought she ordered a simple corn juice drink! Who would have thought it came with ice, sweet corn and yellow food colouring as well? (which stained most of our fingers once we touched as parts of the bowl..)

Overall it was a thoroughly pleasant meal. We reached Johor at about 12am on Friday and proceeded on to this place which was en route to my grandmother’s house in Taman Saujana, which is near carrefour. We left the place at about 2am! It was quite fun though!

Ramen 10 @ Far East Plaza

April 12, 2006

This was what i ate at a belated birthday lunch with Fatma and Hui chuan yesterday (since its already 12!). I simply love eating at Ramen 10 even though its only my second time there. I managed to hear about this restaurant only after watching TGIF on Suria which recommended the food here. The dish above is called Spicy Tom Yum Chicken Ramen. The crispyness of the chicken cutlet slices goes well with the spiciness of the tom yum soup. I especially love the fact that its full of soup and tauge (beansprouts!)! What made the whole meal even more interesting is the fact that we were given huge black ladles instead of spoons to savour the spiciness of the soup.

The Hokkaido Oyster Ramen was ordered by Hui chuan, who prefered a less spicy option. Even though it was not spicy, the miso soup was especially delicious because, according to Hui chuan, the principle ingredient in the soup was milk. That explains the slighty opaque colour of the soup, as well as its sweetness. I did not taste the deepfried oysters but according to Hui chuan, it was quite delicious!

The Terriyaki Chicken Don was ordered by Fatma who really wanted to eat the Terriyaki chicken but did not want to eat ramen or rice. I thought the presentation was quite unique because the Terriyaki chicken was served in a mother huge ladle (you cannot see the handle of the ladle holding the chicken!). The Terriyaki sauce was exceptionally sweet which I felt was okay considering the fact that it was Terriyaki of course.

Overall it was a pleasant meal, filled with hilarious lunchtime conversation. Its interesting to hear short snippets of university life from your friends. Even when the lunch appointment which supposedly started at 1300 HRS ended up starting at 1410 HRS. Hehehehehehehehe..