Friday, 14 August 2015

Local Supermarket research

Who are the cashiers?
Taiwan: Anyone above 18 years old can be a cashier, and there is no age limit. As long as you have passion and a good attitude, you can stay as long as you want.

Singapore: The cashiers range from young to old (about 60 years old), and are of different nationalities

Cashiers in both countries help us with payments and the placing of groceries into plastic bags.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Itenary for buddy

Why we chose the above places to visit:
Gardens by the Bay:  many flowers from different countries, which suits the interest of the buddy. 
Bukit Timah Hill Reserve: free of charge, not as much flower species there, but the buddy will be able to enjoy the scenery while admiring the flowers, so this would be an enjoyable and fun experience.
Nearby hawker centre: Cheap, and vegetarian food is available.
Singapore zoo: one of the best zoos in the world, and the buddy loves animals.
Bugis: A few malls available there, with Bugis street nearby which sells cheap souvenirs and items.

Why we did not choose jurong east and jurong bird park:
Jurong East: no sale of souvenirs, and items are pricey
Jurong bird park: expensive, and not as exciting as the Singapore Zoo

Saturday, 16 May 2015

3 Questions

Yi Jie 
1) What is the cost of your monthly school fees?
2) What do students do for entertainment?
3) What is the school hours?

Jing Jing
1) How much is your annual school fees? 
2) How much does one meal in average cost there?
3) What are some traditional beliefs of Taiwanese?

1) What is your usual bedtime?
2) What are the dishes that you usually eat for dinner?
3) Are the products sold in supermarket considered expensive to you? 

1) Are the studies there stressful?
2) How much do you usually spend per day?
3) Do you like the current education system? 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pre-trip research

1. Cost of a standard 4/5 room HDB flat (around 90-100 sq m) in Punggol
    The range for 4 room flat value is between $370k to $450k depending on location near amenities, area, and age of building. A 5 room flat would cost slightly higher.

2. Current cost of brand new Toyota Vios:
  • Vios G - $126,888 (non-guaranteed COE)
  • Vios E - $121,888 (non-guaranteed COE)
3. Local supermarket price of : (undiscounted)
  • Cheapest 10kg packet rice: 
  Happy Family Fragant Jasmine Rice $16.80
  • Cheapest 1 litre drinking mineral/distilled water: 
   Dasani Drinking Water $0.95
  • Cheapest fresh whole chicken (refrigerated): 
   JF Halal Chicken-S $6.60
  • Do we provide plastic bags and how are they used?
   Yes, the supermarkets provide plastic bags. They are used to carry the items purchased by the customers.
  • Who are the cashiers and what kind of service do they provide
   The cashiers range from young to old (about 60 years old), and are of different nationalities. They stand at the cashier machines all the time, and helps us to scan the items we are purchasing, put them in a plastic bag, and helps us with payment.
  • Cheapest 1 litre of cooking oil: 
   Happy Family Canola Oil 1L $4.30

4. How much is your school fee? 

5. How much is one litre of petrol (95 unleaded) 

6. How much is one movie ticket on a weekend

7. What is the average salary of a Singaporean

8. One big mac meal

Property manager (Aunt)

Monday, 20 April 2015

Chinese Youth Culture - Photo Montage

These pictures include the festivals the Taiwanese usually celebrate which are 三八妇女节 and 七夕情人节. The 三八妇女节 is to signify how great are the women on earth while 七夕 is the traditional Chinese Valentine's Day. 

The Taiwanese like to 泡温泉 as its really comfortable and relaxing and the other activity they like is to stay at the 网吧 for the whole day and surf the Internet. They also like to watch concerts held by various popular singers such as Amei 张惠妹, JJ Lin and also Jay Chou at a big complex hall named as 小巨蛋. 

The applications the Taiwanese use is WeChat and Line which is different from Singaporeans who use Whatsapp more often. 

The Taiwanese prefer salt and fresh taste to sweet and bland taste. They also dressed up similar to the Japanese fashion.

The way Taiwanese talk is different from us as they will be a bit more 嗲 (whiny) when they speak. They are used to talking in this unique way which some of the Singaporeans feel that it's irritating.
But the good thing is they are really polite and friendly.

Singapore Youth Culture (Montage and Write-up)

Shopping malls
Singapore youths are commonly seen in shopping malls, be it after school, or hanging out with friends. The mall is our usual leisure area.
The youths here in Singapore are obsessed with selfies, and almost every project, outing or other random things end with a selfie
Japanese food
With the growing popularity of Japanese food here, the youths form the largest proportion of customers for Japanese restaurants. Many even prefers Japanese cuisine to Chinese cuisine. Therefore, we feel that the Japanese cuisine is linked in one way or another to Singapore's Youths.
Fast food chain
Generally for students who wants a filling meal, yet having a tight budget. Students frequent fast food restaurants after school for affordable and delicious meals.
Social media
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Singapore youths uses these social applications almost all the time.
The fashion among youths are trendy, and highly influenced by the fashion industry in other countries(Korea and America). 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Animal abuse & Impressions on the Chinese

Picture shown during CID lesson.
Fun fact: This is actually a North Korean circus
Initially, we felt that the Chinese were cruel people, who had zero sympathy for the animals. The bears were forced to jump on two legs, which was apparently extremely difficult for bears, and had to wear hideous costumes. Yet, the trainers were smiling from ear to ear, as if nothing wrong is happening.
However, after looking into this in another perspective, we realised that there could be another side of the story. The trainers could be leading a very tough life, and this is the only job that they can take to support their family, even if they do not like it at all.
We should not criticize the trainers alone. Who are the people supporting the circus? Who are the people who allows the circus to run and let the business prosper?
The audience.
They are the ones who pay to see they show, and probably enjoyed it, such that they could keep the show running. They are the ones who support animal abuse.
On a side note, the trainers are partly at fault too. They would torture the animals(bears) to follow orders, just to feed their family? This shows how little the Chinese actually cares for the animals.
But we should not stereotype all Chinese to be cruel hearted or have a lack in conscience. Some Chinese may be against the idea of animal abuse too.
In conclusion, we think that the Chinese people who supports the circus  are inhumane for allowing animal abuse, and not every Chinese should be put to blame.