[BOOK REVIEW] My School Uniform, a Photo Book for the Ages

Hello everyone!

During the good ol’ days back when I was in still studying at St. Gabriel’s Secondary, I was always intrigued or amused by the uniforms of other schools as I found some to be quite funny for various reasons.

A little backstory – I had the chance to take Music as an ‘O’ level subject at CHIJ St. Nicholas’ as my school did not offer it. It was such a memorable experience because I had the chance of meeting new friends from different schools. Now now, I know what you are thinking now. It definitely wasn’t memorable because I was a guy who suddenly had the chance to meet girls. On the contrary, I was extremely shy and nervous because I studied in an all-boys environment since primary school. On my first day at St. Nicks, my legs somehow managed to forget how to walk down stairs when I saw a group of girls walking past me that I slipped and fell. The giggles that I elicited from them will forever ring in my ears.

Jokes aside, my best memories were some of the classmates I met from Maris Stella, Catholic High and Holy Innocents. I remembered how I enjoyed teasing the guy from Catholic High because of his hairy legs which were visible because they had no long pants even in upper secondary.

Catholic High School

Catholic High School

It was recently announced in the news that another 22 secondary schools would be merged into 11 over the next 2 years due to declining cohort sizes. Singaporeans just aren’t producing enough babies to maintain a healthy number of students in all our schools! 😦

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I always find the announcement of such news extremely disheartening. Once the merger is completed, regardless whether the name of the newly merged school will be changed or not, it is rather certain that the uniforms of both merged schools will be lost in the process as there will be changes made to the existing uniform to reflect the new identify and direction of the newly formed schools.

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For those who are extremely nostalgic and worry that a part of your memories might be lost when these schools merged, fret not because of the recent launch of ‘My School Uniform’, the first-ever photography project in Singapore that has managed to cover more than 140 secondary schools, which is about approximately 85% of all the secondary schools in Singapore. A project supported by the National Heritage Board and spearheaded by Yix Quek, a creative and arts educator, its objective is to document the past and present – the way we were through what we wore – for future generations. Secondary schools were chosen as experiences of adolescence last a lifetime. They are our important formative years where we grapple with our innocence and struggle to define ourselves.

My School Uniform photography book (designed by Yong Kam Ling)

My School Uniform photography book (designed by Yong Kam Ling)

My School Uniform

My School Uniform

For most schools, the book showcases 3 different kinds of uniforms that students might have a chance to wear during their time in school.

  1. Councillor attire with the school ties and blazers that students might wear for official school events
  2. The day to day formal attire that students should be wearing if they have no Physical Education (PE) / CCA classes on that day
  3. Of course, the PE kit they wear for any sporting activities in school

This book strikes a chord in my heart because how the loss of uniforms is directly related to the closure of schools in Singapore, which Fiona had compiled on this blog. Apart from being able to admire the diverse and interesting uniforms from the different schools, I really liked the interesting trivia and information provided at the back of the book about the history of school badges. In particular, I loved the section on ‘Crests of Change’ which shed some information of how some school badges have evolved and changed over time due to various reasons. For instance, I did not really know that the St. Gabriel’s badge I used to wear while schooling has made way for a brand new crest which reflects the common historical heritage of Assumption English School, Montfort Secondary and St. Gabriel’s Secondary.

School badges, past and present

School badges, past and present

I strongly recommend everyone to get a copy of your book while it is still available on the shelves at Kinokuniya, Popular bookstore and Basheer Graphic Books as this is a book that surely can be passed down onto future generations. Besides, the fascinating nuggets of the schools’ history and strengths that accompany the well-taken shots (photographed by Nicky Loh, Louis Kwok, Soh Qiuling and Benny Loh) enable this book to be a comprehensive guide for primary school leavers who are still deciding on what secondary school to go to after the PSLE.

Here are some more previews of the Secondary schools you can find in the book:

Bedok North Secondary School

Bedok North Secondary School

Fuchun Secondary School

Fuchun Secondary School

Manjusri Secondary School

Manjusri Secondary School

Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)

Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary)

If ever the day comes when students in Singapore no longer have to wear uniforms but are able to choose what they wear to schools such as the kids in the U.S., this book will really be a treasure trove of memories for you to think back about your time when you were in school. Hopefully future editions of this book will be able to include the other schools which were not covered in this book so no schools will be left out.

Thanks for reading!

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Banana Kaya Dessert @ Domino’s Pizza

MEDIA INVITE

Hey everyone!

The SG50 weekend may be over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! In my book, birthdays last the whole month. Whaddya say if we continue the golden jubilee celebrations ’til the end of August? After all, it took us 50 years to come this far and it would be a pity not to stretch out the celebration for as long as possible, amirite? 😀

How about some Singaporean-inspired delights by Domino’s Pizza to kick-start round two of the National Day celebration?

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Introducing Domino’s all new Banana Kaya Dessert!

This new offering certainly evokes some nostalgia in me. I believe many Singaporeans (and even Malaysians) would agree that kaya jam is simply part of our everyday diet. Long before I discovered the wondrous joy of Nutella and peanut butter, breakfast before school was always white bread spread with kaya jam accompanied by a cup of hot Milo tirelessly prepared by my Mom. Subsequently when I got a weekend job during my Polytechnic years, I would have kaya toast served with teh (hot milk tea) at the kopitiam (coffee shop) under my block faithfully every morning before I headed to work.

Therefore launching this new Banana Kaya pizza in conjunction with SG50 is pretty apt, isn’t it? 🙂

Domino's Banana Kaya Dessert

Domino’s Banana Kaya Dessert

Domino's Banana Kaya Dessert

Domino’s Banana Kaya Dessert

Domino's Banana Kaya Dessert

Domino’s Banana Kaya Dessert

Thickness of the crust

Thickness of the crust

I had the privilege of tasting this new item at the launch party two weeks ago. The Banana Kaya dessert comes with light and buttery crust sprinkled with icing sugar. Filling the middle is a generous layer of sweet, authentic pandan kaya made from rich coconut cream, fresh egg and aromatic pandan leaves and topped with oven baked banana slices that marry well with the spread. It’s about the size of your personal pan pizza which you can either have it all to yourself or share it (the calories, that is) among your friends!

I must admit, though, that it’s exceptionally delicious only when served straight from the oven so you can savour the crunchiness of the crust. It doesn’t taste as nice when it’s all cold and soggy in the middle (I know because I inadvertently left my second slice under the air-conditioner and it was blergh). But fret not! Domino’s Pizza, as you know, has a 30-minute delivery guarantee (and a 15-minute takeout guarantee) so you can rest assured that your orders would be delivered to you hot and fresh. Otherwise, do consider dining in!

What’s more, because it is (still) SG50, this delightful Banana Kaya Dessert is selling at 50% off for a limited period! In other words, this is going for S$3.90 instead of the usual price of S$7.80! Not only are you able to indulge in the familiar flavours of a childhood favourite, but you also get to enjoy great savings on this new dessert! 🙂

Here’s what also went down at the launch party:

*sings* Everything is awesome!

*sings* Everything is awesome! (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

Other bloggers who attended as well

Other bloggers who attended as well (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

Won myself a Domino's Pizza T-shirt woohoo!! (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

Won myself a Domino’s Pizza T-shirt woohoo!! (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

One of the games lined up for us was to stack as many bananas as possible on a team member's head and thereafter, walk to the other end of the restaurant without toppling them over. Unfortunately none of us could do that u_u (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

One of the games lined up for us was to stack as many bananas as possible on a team member’s head and thereafter, walk to the other end of the restaurant without toppling them over. Unfortunately none of us could do that u_u (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

But the other team successfully did it! So skilled lah. (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

But the other team successfully did it! So skilled lah. (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

The next challenge was to make our own banana kaya pizza using the many fingers of banana and a small bowl of homemade kaya provided by Domino's. (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

The next challenge was to make our own banana kaya pizza using the many fingers of banana and a small bowl of homemade kaya provided by Domino’s. This was our creation! (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

Our pizza when baked!

Our pizza when baked!

Not bad ah :D

Not bad ah 😀

And we won for that segment! (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

And we won for that segment! (photo credit: The Influencer Network)

If you’re planning to throw another party over the weekend (that’s not too far away, thanks to the off-in-lieu!) with your family and loved ones at your crib, or a potluck dinner for friends to get together, you definitely have to take advantage of this SG50 deal rolled out by Domino’s Pizza!

Pizza partehhhh

Pizza partehhhh

You can now complete your meal with Domino’s ‘2 Pizzas’ deal for only S$22Choose 2 regular pizzas from the wide array of Italian favourites and at the same time, select your desired crusts including Classic Hand-Tossed, New York Crust, Crunchy Thin Crust, Cheese Burst Crust and Domino’s latest Cheesy Crust – a crust that is luxuriously filled with melting hot mozzarella and coated with garlic and herbs. There are also 6 delectable and original pizza sauces to choose from, such as Domino’s signature sauce, Sweet & Spicy sauce, Smoky BBQ sauce, Napolitana sauce, Top Secret sauce and Pesto Passion sauce.

What I love about Domino’s is its huge selection of flavours which are not limited to the same ‘ol boring ones like Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Chicken and whatsoever. They have really interesting additions like Basilico Chicken, Chilli Beef and Sicilian Prawns in the Classics and First Class range (surcharge applies). Plus, they taste reaaaally good.

Ultimate Hawaiian (surcharge applies)

Ultimate Hawaiian – “loads of delicious roasted chicken, shredded chicken, juicy pineapples and fresh mushrooms on our brand new pizza sauce” (surcharge applies)

Sicilian Prawn (surcharge applies)

Sicilian Prawn – “succulent prawns, fresh onions, cherry tomatoes on pesto sauce” (surcharge applies)

Meatzza (surcharge applies)

Meatzza – “100% mozzarella cheese with succulent smoked chicken breast, chicken ham, chicken sausage, cabanossi, beef pepperoni and ground beef” (surcharge applies)

Basilico Chicken (surcharge applies)

Basilico Chicken – “roasted chicken, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onion and pesto sauce” (surcharge applies)

Alfredo Prawn (surcharge applies)

Alfredo Prawn – “onion, red pepper, pineapple, prawns, mozzarella cheese on Top Secret sauce” (surcharge applies)

Full list of flavours can be found here.

Apart from that, you can also enjoy 50% off (yes, another one!) your all-time favourite sides! Available daily from 3pm to 6pm (share with your hungry colleagues!) with no minimum spending required, these are the sides eligible for the awesome discount:

  1. Chocolate Lava CakeS$3.40 (RP S$6.80)
  2. *NEW* Golden Chicken (Golden Mediterranean Chicken, Golden Outback Chicken, Golden Italiano Chicken or Golden Mexican Chicken), S$5.40 each (RP S$10.80)
  3. Cinnastix, S$2.90 (RP S$5.80)
  4. Napolitana Baked Meatballs, S$5.40 (RP S$10.80)
  5. Banana Kaya Dessert, S$3.90 (RP S$7.80)
  6. Roasted Chicken Drummet (6 pcs), S$4.90 (RP S$9.80)
Golden Mediterranean Chicken

Golden Mediterranean Chicken (S$5.40)

Golden Italiano Chicken (S$5.40)

Golden Italiano Chicken (S$5.40)

Psst.. There’s a Domino’s SG50 contest going on!

Celebrate Singapore’s 50 years of excellence and heritage with Domino’s Pizza Singapore. 5 lucky winners will win a pizza party worth $100. You may choose to take part on either Facebook or Instagram or even both platform.

For Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1JsrGp4
For Instagram: http://bit.ly/1LTRQD3 (hashtag #BananaKaya #DominosSG)

Contest ends 16 Aug 2015

Oh gosh, my stomach is starting to growl after seeing all the pictures above! I guess my dinner later is settled. What about yours? 🙂

Signing off with a group picture with the rest of the amazing bloggers! Thanks for the invite, TIN :)

Signing off with a group picture with the rest of the amazing bloggers! Thanks for the invite, TIN 🙂

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