Saturday, 4 July 2020

22 Chinese idioms and phrases Mr Ong Ye Kung used during The Political Debate

It's wonderful that our children are able to do bilingualism, here in Singapore. More often than always, we are proficient in English than Chinese. Quite naturally, watching the GE2020 Political Debate in Chinese was not quite our style of absorption.

Nonetheless, I carved out some time out of my Korean drama to catch The Political Debate on mewatch. It sounded too attractive after hearing and reading praises about how our education minister, Mr Ong Ye Kung (PAP) pulled off his Chinese debate impressively with Leong Mun Wai (PSP) and Bryan Lim (SDP).

It was a blow away for me! I'm convinced that he's the education minister for a firm reason. Great exemplary model for our students. So kids, anyone can master bilingualism.

Screengrab from mewatch

The debate was a well-worth trade for an episode of my Korean drama. And now, I'm trading another episode or more to gather my learning and takeaways from the debate. Which I'm now ashamed of the 'A2' Chinese scored during my 'O' level. Never too late to learn, I'm listing the idioms and phrases Mr Ong used during the debate. 

Are we having PSLE oral next week? These may come in as supplementary, PSLE mamas. 

22 Idioms and phrases used in The GE2020 Political Debate - Chinese
1. 挨家挨户 (āi jiā āi hù)
Definition: to go from house to house/house-to-house (search)

2. 在职训练(zài zhí xùn liàn)
Definition: on-the-job training

3. 息息相关( xiāng guān)
Definition: closely bound up (idiom); intimately related

4. 腐败无能( bài néng)
Definition: Corruption and incompetence

5.  数一数二 shǔ shǔ èr)
Definition: reckoned to be first or second best (idiom); one of the very best
造句: 他的成绩在学校里是数一数二

6. 斩草除根 (zhǎn cǎo chú gēn)
Definition: to cut weeds and eliminate the roots (idiom); to destroy root and branch/to eliminate completely
7. 卷土重来(juǎn chóng lái)
Definition: to return in a swirl of dust/to make a stage comeback (idiom)
 造句: 失败一次并不可怕,可怕的是我们连卷土重来的勇气都没有。

8. 与时俱进(yǔ shí jù jìn
Definition: abreast of modern developments/to keep up with the times/progressive/timely

9. 燃眉之急(rán méi zhī jí)
Definition: fire burns one's eyebrows (idiom); desperate situation/extreme emergency

10. 门可罗雀 (mén luó què)
Definition: you can net sparrows at the door (idiom); completely deserted
造句: 所有的大型商场都将变得门可罗雀

11. 于事无补( shì bǔ)
Definition: unhelpful/useless 

12. 出人头地(chū rén tóu dì)
Definition: outstanding (idiom); a pinnacle of virtue and ability

13. 任人唯贤(rèn rén wéi xián)
Definition: to appoint people according to their merits (idiom); appointment on the basis of ability and integrity

14. 背道而驰 (bèi dào ér chí)
Definition: to run in the opposite direction (idiom); to run counter to

15. 行行出状元(háng háng chū zhuàng yuán)
Definition: in every trade, a master appears (idiom); produce outstanding achievements in any task with enough love and diligence
造句:行业没有高低之分, 只要自己努力, 行行出状元

16. 知足常乐 (zhī zú cháng lè)
Definition: Satisfied with what one has (idiom)

17. 水火不容(shuǐ huǒ róng)
Definition: completely incompatible; incompatible as fire and water

18. 才华出众(cái huá chū zhòng)
Definition: outstanding talent (idiom); incomparable artistic merit

19. 勇往直前 (yǒng wǎng zhí qián)
Definition: To advance bravely

20. 马不停蹄( tíng tí)
Definition: unrelenting/without stopping to rest

21. 牛头不对马嘴(niú tóu duì zuǐ)
Definition: inconsistent; inappropriate

22. 保底不封顶 (bǎo fēng dǐng)
Definition: don’t cap the top, but uplift the bottom

Excerpt from MOE website

The final one is my favourite - which he meant about not capping achievements and limiting opportunities, but to uplift those who are at the bottom in order to close achievement gap. No one is intended to be left behind. I don't think our kids need back to back tuition to fit the society. Till this day, we are still holding back on academic enrichment, even though teaching my own kids erodes the good parts of motherhood in me. That will be another story to tell.

So yeap, above are 22 out of the many idioms and phrases Mr Ong used during the GE2020 Chinese Political Debate. There were lots more impressive vocabularies used, but I'll just list these for keepsake, for my learning and teaching journey. Hopefully, the kids will throw in 1 or 2 of these into their Chinese oral and composition.
Mr Ong grew up in a Chinese speaking family and read only Chinese comics when young. I'll look at Chinese comics differently from today.

Oh, the last time I checked, our education minster doesn't set the PSLE or 'O' level Chinese paper. Phew! 一天学一点,have fun learning and re-learning!

P.S: 造句 is adapted from various sites, with most adapted from The looking up of words and definition were from Chinese dictionary app, Bravolol. An app I use often to help the kids with Chinese.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

One Hour Florist - Review

I sent a bouquet of flowers from One Hour Florist to the daughter! When it arrived at the door, I alerted her that she has flowers. Ignorant and in disbelief, she continued to be engage in her task. I had to bring the flowers to her. After checking out the greeting card, she released a smile like she had been pranked. It was definitely no prank, I had wanted to be the first person in her life to send her flowers.

Deluxe Surprise Hand Bouquet

Her weeks had been busy with work from school and home based learning. On top of these, she had some tough time adapting to the new elements she's learning from her online gym sessions. The idea of sending her blooms as an encouragement came to me and I was confident that the flowers will lift her mood.

I choose her bouquet from One Hour Florist, a local online florist. As its name spells, it promises to send your flowers within an hour. But, I selected a choice from the hourly time slots for next day delivery. The online ordering process was breezy, and I was pleasantly glad that there didn't seem to have a limit on the words I wanted to send across with the flowers. The message came printed on two postcards size of cardstock paper. I am sure one wordy Mama.

Lovely on her desk

It's definitely wonderful to know of a local florist that covers both your last minute and planned decisions! Delivery for all orders are Free with no minimum spending needed. With this express promise, there is definitely more value compared to what you are already paying.

One Hour Florist also promises 100% freshness with flowers air flown in daily, where only the best flowers are sent out for delivery. Their flowers are kept lasting with advanced technological solutions to sort orders in a way that each outlet would only receive orders that are within the vicinity of the delivery location. Having to deal with a decent volume of orders, they are able to fly in flowers on a daily basis without having to deal with leftover flowers. Their fast growth has also allowed them to create multiple operational outlets across Singapore, so that flowers can reach you in 60 minutes or less. In midst of the current covid situation, do give them some buffer time for safety and health checks at delivery premises.

Admiring her flowers

Do you have someone in mind to send flowers to? I think it's a wonderful idea to send flowers to a little girl today. Apart from the smiles, with gifts coming from a child's parents, it surely creates great memory with it. I'm glad I just did! Flowers aren't bloomed just for occasions, but any day.

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Instagram: @onehourflorist

Sales and Order enquiries: +65 9618 3746

Delivery Operating Hours: 11 am to 8 pm,
Delivery Operating Days: Mondays to Saturdays
No delivery on Sundays and Public Holidays

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Whyzee cake delivery - Review

How was Father's day celebration in your household? I thought it was really wonderful that families could dine out with their heroes. A drastic opposite when Mother's day fell during circuit breaker with many home delivery orders clogged up. Regardless, it was still home staying for us. Cakes and tea were perfect incentives for us to stay home.

Father's day tea and cakes

We celebrated Father's Day with cakes from Whyzee. The kind people from Whyzee, a local online cake store sent us three wonderful flavours to savour - Mango Mousse, Chocolate Desire and Tiramisu. The cakes were great tasting, spongy and soft. The daughter sliced and commented that they do not crumble easily. Good stuff in there.

Mango Mousse

Chocolate Desire


I am not sure if the tiramisu is alcohol free, but it did seemed like it was when we tasted. Kids safe I guess. 

These express cakes along with other choices listed on their website promise to deliver to your table, should you have an urgent or last minute request of cake. Just give them 60 minutes. It's a great save to your impromptu plan! Same day delivery islandwide is at a fee of $10. Urgent/last minute delivery fee at $25. Free delivery for orders above $80. There is no minimum order. It is best to contact them via call or Whatsapp to place any urgent order. For seasonal products, the earliest arrival will be 2 days after purchasing on their website.

In addition to an online store, Whyzee owns a humble bakery at Clementi too. They specialise in freshly baked Artisanal Birthday Cakes, eggless and vegan cakes. Eggless cakes are always great options when celebrating a child's birthday at preschool. You never know who has an egg allergy within the class, and that little child may not sound it out. 

All ingredients used in Whyzee are of premium quality and they guarantee not only the freshness of your cakes, but their delicious taste as well. I love their focus of providing healthier cake options that are preservatives free, with less sugar and cream used. Another great choice for eaters of all ages! And I find that local taste buds are not very much skewed to extremely sweet cakes too.

Check out their website for their range of birthday to customised cakes, seasonal and non-seasonal cakes. Oh, they have cupcakes, swiss rolls, banana bread and muffins too!

This little guy has testified its goodness.


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Enquiries: 9773 2434 (9am to 9pm daily)

Address: 352 Clementi Ave 2, #01-109, S120352
Operating hours
10am – 6pm (weekdays) 
10am – 4pm (weekends)

Delivery Time Slots
12 pm to 3pm
3pm to 6pm
6pm to 9pm
Last minute/Urgent delivery slots
Cut off time at 6pm  (Mon to Sat)

Thursday, 18 June 2020

More Home Activities for Your Preschooler

We are into phase two of circuit breaker! Mumsy roles are pretty much the same for me as I've the youngest still nesting with me 24/7. Preschool is in plan, but we're unsure of when exactly. Meanwhile, it's keep clam, and keep on homeschooling for me.

Here are another FIVE fun and easy home activities in addition to what we shared previously on 5 simple activities for your preschooler during circuit breaker.

1. Mystery box
Cut a circle the the middle of an empty box, big enough for his hand to move in and out. Put random items into the box and get your child to make a guess of what they are. One item at a time. Range your items with different texture from toys to fruits! Allow his sense of touch lead him. 

Before that, you may get your child to paint the 'mystery box' too.

Mystery box fun

2. Face on glass
Reach for the window markers! Press your face against a glass panel and get your child to draw your face features. Change roles after that. Ta-da! You've got a portrait of each other.

Pressing his face for big bro to draw

Lovely portrait

3. Math Box
Yes, we have too many boxes sitting around waiting to be used. I cut two holes on top of the box, fix on with the covers of wet wipes as entry points for the items we want to add up. I used hot glue gun to fix this. And poms poms for our addition. Stick a plastic tape across the 2 covers for the writing of equations. Use erasable marker!

That explains our 3+3 = 6

Math fun

4. Baking soda paint
Mix paint colours with vinegar and drip them over baking soda with a dropper. Spoon drip is fine too if you do not have a dropper. Watch the foaming reaction as your child creates art with it. If you think your child can comprehend, explain the science behind. Baking soda and vinegar react with each other because of an acid-base reaction. One of the products this reaction creates is carbon dioxide.

Baking soda and vinegar

5. Ocean rescue
Make jelly using instant jelly mix. I don't have to chill to solidify if I'm using instant jelly mix. Add blue colouring to the liquid for an ocean effect. Submerge small toy animals in, before the jelly solidifies. Then get your child to rescue them with chopsticks!

Spot the ocean animals

Have fun with these home activities for your preschooler!

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Farm Florist - Review

Fresh flowers are not quite my thing because its existence is not enduring. But, who minds receiving them, even if beauty is short-termed? Surely I don't. Flowers are undeniably one of the most beautiful variation of nature that captivates one's soul. Their appearances and colours are always pleasing to one's eyes. As a Mum, I like to often remind myself how kids are sometimes like flowers, blooming at their own pace. With no regard of competing with the flowers next to it. Life breathes easier with no hurry.

Surprise bloom box

Fresh blooms make a day. I was delighted to receive a surprise bloom box from FARM Florist, a local online florist. Uniquely different from the usual bouquets received, I love that this bloom box sits beautifully arranged and upright from its box.

Sending a Bouquet?
FARM florist allows you to make an order within 5 minutes and have your flowers delivered on the same day within 60 minutes. Only farm fresh flowers are used, and flowers that do not make the cut to leave their premises get thrown into the rubbish bin. With advanced and streamlined operational structure, Farm florist takes in up to 200 orders a day and promise that it all gets delivered on time. They would refund the full order so long as they are late for the delivery. It seems like one that not any local florists would ever commit.

Along with my bake

No idea what to send?
If your can't decide what to get for your loved one, FARM Florist has a special innovation called the Surprise Bouquet that starts from 34 SGD with free delivery. How it works is that you can just fill in the drop down boxes with some details such as the age and gender of the recipient, along with the type of occasion, and they will use their creative sense to curate the most applicable arrangement. Probably the best and most fun part about this local online florist. 

In tough times like we are in today, the power of smiles can be on our hands. Express your thoughts through beautiful blooms. 

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Sales and Order enquiries: +65 9384 4885

All days (Mondays to Sundays) including Public Holidays
Except Chinese New Year (Day 1 and 2) and Christmas Day (25 December)