Jokes and Puns

ZT jokes and punsJokes and Puns:

Here are some jokes and puns that are bound to help you relax and let loose after this tense week.

Puns:

  1. I saw an ad for burial plots, and thought to myself this is the last thing I need.
  2. I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind.
  3. Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink.
  4. I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.

 

Jokes:

 

  1. When my wife starts to sing I always go out and do some garden work so our neighbours can see that there’s no domestic violence going on.

 

  1. Two Police officers crashed their car into a tree. After a minute of silence, one of them said: “Wow, that was the fastest we ever got to the accident site.

 

  1. Question: What’s bears without ears?

Answer: B

  1. 8 p.m.: I get an SMS from my girlfriend: Me or football?!

11 p.m.: I SMS my girlfriend: You of course.

  1. A fat guy and a thin guy meet:

Fat guy: “When I see you, I’d think a famine broke out!”

Thin guy: “And when I see you, I’d think you’re the one responsible for that!”

  1. Husband brings the child home from kindergarten and asks his wife, “He’s been crying the whole way home. Isn’t he sick or something?”

“No,” replies the wife, “he was just trying to tell you he isn’t our Frankie.”

References:

Chow Zi Tian

3 Wisdom

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The Joy Luck Club

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The Joy Luck Club, written by Amy Tan, was published in 1989. Unlike typical novels, The Joy Luck Club is broken down into four distinct sections with four chapters each, taking after the structure of a mah-jong game.

Set in San Francisco, the novel focuses on the mothers and daughters of four different Chinese immigrant families, who started the Joy Luck Club. The novel showcases 2 main themes of mother-daughter relationships and cultural differences,offering a variety of point-of-views from both mothers and daughters.  These two themes/issues are intertwined and are usually the root of conflict and tension throughout the novel.

I personally enjoy this book because it is rather relatable – especially the issue of cultural differences and cultural identity. In my generation, I am more inclined towards the western culture and I converse in English more often than in mandarin so there are inadvertently cultural clashes between my parents or grandparents and I. For example, up to today, I still do not understand some of the Chinese superstitions and beliefs that my parents or grandparents believe in but more often than not, I find myself subconsciously following them.  As mentioned earlier, language is also a problem I face with my grandparents because there are times when I am unable to translate my thoughts from English to Mandarin or dialect, thus causing misunderstandings at times.

Overall, I feel that this book has really taught me the importance of cultural identity and not forgetting one’s roots – like what the daughters in the novel had done.  It also evoked some emotions and sentiments when the mothers and daughters argued and when the child only missed her mother after she passed away. Hence, I really recommend you to read this book because it is especially relatable to us at this age.

Rachael Fong

3T

Once Upon A Time

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Once Upon a Time… a classic opening to many stories that continue to capture the hearts of children with exciting fairy tales such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. However, this clever opening quote is also the name of a brilliant television show. Filled with excitement, romance, adventure and more, Once Upon a Time has also captured the hearts of people of all ages, including myself.

Once Upon a Time is a very popular American fantasy show. It was created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the creators of another television show called “Lost”. The show premiered on October 23, 2011 and has been showing ever since, with its 7th season returning this October. It starts in the city of Boston, where a bail bondsperson by the name of Emma Swan is visited by her son, Henry, whom she gave up 10 years ago. He brings her back to the town of Storybrooke. He is convinced that everyone in the town are real-life fairy tale characters from his book that have been cursed for 28 years, with no memory of their real identity.

As the story progresses, we find out that Emma is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and she was abandoned by her parents in hopes that one day she may break the curse. You may be wondering and yes, I mean Snow White and Prince Charming from the classic animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Along the way, new characters are revealed, friendships are formed and romance blossoms.
During the release of its first season, the show was generally well received by critics. One review from IGN Movies states:

“It’s undeniable that fairy tales have universal appeal; we never tire of reading or watching them… it’s not easy to strike the right note between the real and the storybook; Once Upon a Time finds it though.                 ~Amy Ratcliffe, IGN

In my opinion, Once Upon a Time is the perfect show for me. Although it may seem long-winded at times, the complex characters and storylines keep me on edge. Sometimes, the fast-paced adventures keep me glued to my television screen.

As I watch more and more of the show, I connect with the characters. I find this show very different than others because not only is it medieval-like, in a way, it is also very modern. Although these are fairy tale characters whose lives are much different than ours, the situations they are in help me to identify with them more and help me understand the show even better.

I also enjoy the use of fairy tale characters. I would have never expected to be watching a show which placed Snow White, The Evil Queen and Captain Hook in one room. However, for some adults, it reminds them of the stories they read when they were young and for children, it continues to show them the magic of fairy tales and bedtime stories.

The main message of the show is hope. One quote that I take away from the show is “…the most important thing anyone can have. Hope. Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing.” It reminds me that I should never give up hope and that no matter how bad things are, I should always hope for a happy ending.
I recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of fantasy books, Disney classics or just anyone who is lost and wants to find that hope in their lives. Although Once Upon a Time is at its 7th season, it is still the show that holds a special place in my still childish, imaginative and hopeful heart.

Link: http://www.ign.com/articles/2011/10/21/once-upon-a-time-pilot-review

Rachel Lie

1 Purity

Prince Cheese Potato (Taipei)

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On my previous trip to Taipei, I had a chance to try one of Taiwan’s must-eat street food and it tasted really good! For a cheese lover like me, it was almost hard to resist this snack as the smell of cheese and potato was lingering around as I passed by people savouring this snack.

The cheese potato is actually a snack that is in a box containing ingredients such as bacon bits, corn, ham, egg, turkey, together with mashed potato and overflowing nacho cheese on top of everything. At first, I was a little taken aback and curious about how all these ingredients tasted together but seeing how almost everyone had a box in their hands, I decided to try it.

On the first bite, I was overwhelmed by the different tastes clashing together all at once, but on the second try, the taste was much better in the sense that the cheese was not too cheesy for my liking and all the different tastes complemented each other making the snack really delicious. It was a really great feeling eating this warm snack in Taipei’s cold weather and frankly, I am rather missing it.

Overall, I feel that everyone should try this snack when you are in Taipei because it is really hard to come by and savouring the dish in the atmosphere of the night market is really a great experience!

Photo credits: dianajosey.wordpress.com

Rachael Fong

3 Truth

LiHo!! – Lychee Jing Syuan Tea

Way back to the start of June 2017, we were all greeted with the shocking news that Gong Cha,one of Singaporeans’ favourite bubble tea brand, was going to be replaced with new local LiHo brand. This brave move to close down one of the most popular bubble tea chains in Singapore is a strategic business decision made by RTG Holdings who felt “betrayed” by business associates, and decided to build a home-grown brand as Gong Cha’s parent company in Taiwan, Royal Tea Taiwan, was recently sold off to Gong Cha Korea, resulting in changes in contractual terms.

LiHo is a made-in-Singapore creation with a new menu, including cheese tea drinks. It will rely on completely different suppliers for its tea and other raw ingredients, as well as using different methods of making its drinks.

The top picks at Liho include Lychee Jing Syuan Tea ($3.30, $4.30), Fresh Lemon Juice Kanten and Golden Ai Yu ($4.00 and $5.10), Golden Yuzu Juice and Golden Ai Yu ($3.70 and $4.70), and Vitagen ‘n’ Peach ($4.10, $5.40).

My personal favourite from LiHo will be one of their top picks – Lychee Jing Syuan Tea. I like it a lot because it tastes really refreshing, especially during our ‘summer’ period in Singapore. I top it off with white pearls, making it a total of SGD$4 (medium). I personally feel that we are paying for the cup because, unlike Gong Cha, LiHo drinks come in plastic cups of better quality and plastic lids, different from the usual plastic seal on most bubble tea. Although it may be expensive as compared to Gong Cha, the cups can be recycled and used for other purposes after washing which makes it worth the money. Although I have yet to try their cheese milk tea and royal milk tea, I have been hearing both good and bad comments and these drinks have been constantly compared to another known brand – KOI.

I really encourage you to try out the Lychee Jing Syuan Tea from LiHo in this hot weather!

 

Sources:

http://mothership.sg/2017/05/heres-a-look-at-lihos-full-menu-and-some-of-their-drinks/

http://mothership.sg/2017/05/gong-cha-closing-down-in-spore-rebranding-as-liho/

http://danielfooddiary.com/2017/06/01/liho/

Rachael Fong

3T

Short Stories/ Poetry: If time could stop

Germaine Poetry

i.

it will be

with the strange softness

that we set off with 4:27 pm on

our minds, an ever lingering

sensation of your racing car heart

and the tension on my mind.

 

ii.

i dream a dream of a dream,

of people floating into a void

of memories, and

of the quiet, where we venture

into the open space of a world

where worry is a word that

lacks a meaning

 

iii.

but reality is a flash of a photograph

sweeping us off our feet.

and we float (yes, we float)

on storm clouds like water droplets

to rain into the universe of the

hopefully serene reality.

 

iv.

these days we sit in hallways,

legs crossed and heads bent,

craned in the search of sound.

but only the quiet returns.

Sources: https://fineartamerica.com/shop/prints/port+jefferson+harbor

Germaine Ong (3 Purity)

Music Favourites: Stranger in the North (飘向北方)

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Amidst the rising popularity of Mandarin-pop songs in our school, many have been mesmerised by JJ Lin’s voice and Jay Chou’s raps. I, on the other hand, have been obsessed with Stranger in the North, a poignant song written and performed by a newcomer to the musical scene – Malaysian rapper and songwriter Namewee. He also collaborated with famous singer-songwriter Wang Lee-hom. This sensational duo has created a music video which garnered a strong support of 1.3 million views within a day of its release.

The lyrics were penned with the purpose of voicing up about the plight of migrant workers, particularly in the scene of Beijing. This song was also speculated as a story about Namewee, being a Malaysian who went on to studied abroad in Taiwan. To me, the music tells the story of migrant workers in general, and is in fact very relatable to us. Someday in the future we might also have to leave the comfort of living in Singapore and travel abroad for extended periods of time to further our studies or for other reasons. It would be difficult to adapt and many of us will certainly miss home. However, this song serves as a timely reminder that we have to stay strong. Furthermore, it forces us to reflect on how we have been treating our migrant workers in Singapore.

One characteristic of Stranger in the North that I find very admirable is the fact that it manages to be both harsh and uplifting at the same time. The skilfully chosen choice of words directly highlights the harsh conditions that many workers face having to leave home for someplace alien as a means of survival. However, at the same time, the tune has a hip-hop rhythm to it that manages to bring my spirits up. Furthermore, its strong beats and the singers’ strong vocals amplify the emotions channelled into it. This creates a song that has the power to successfully emanate positive energy and remind many migrant workers that they are not alone. It is one of the many ways this masterpiece in the music industry stands out among the rest of the top hits.

I was never a fan of mandarin pop songs, but this song has found its way into my heart and left a deep impression on me ever since I first heard it over the radio. While there are still many of us who are not fans of mandarin-pop, I hope you will still give it a go. It is a song that will definitely tug on your heartstrings and I guarantee you that you will not regret listening to it!

 

References:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/showbiz/article/namewees-stranger-in-the-north-featuring-wang-leehom-goes-viral-video

https://thecoverage.my/news/stranger-north-namewee-complimented-wang-lee-hom-great-work/

Image from Google Images

Renee Ong (3 Unity)

Places Less Travelled: Tsukada Nojo

I am sure many of you have eaten Ramen before, and I have eaten ramen many times at many different places. There is one Ramen restaurant that is really special.

(Just a quick disclaimer, this is not a food review, it is a review of the restaurant)

This restaurant is called Tsukada Nojo, and the particular branch that I would go to was at Plaza Singapura.

At the entrance, there are steps that lead you down to the tables. Due to the space constraint, the tables and chairs were arranged in such a manner that there was only enough space for one waitress to mover around. Despite the tight space and limited amount of tables and seats, the restaurant had a warm and cosy ambience.

When I was there, I ordered the soya Ramen, and I highly recommend it. It was served with a platter of other ingredients that other Ramen restaurants did not serve- there was chicken, seaweed and even yuzu slices! You are supposed to drop all the other ingredients into the pot at a pace in which you pleased, I found this way of serving the ramen very clever as some customers may not want to eat a particular ingredient. The last thing that I like about this restaurant is the type of dessert they serve- they had creme brulee and yuzu ice-cream served on glass bowls that were filled with pink and blue water.

My first dining experience at Tsukada Nojo was definitely a memorable one, so I definitely went back a few times. I highly recommend this Ramen restaurant if you are looking for something different to try as you would be eager to eat here again.

Address: #03-81 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, 238839

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 11:30 – 15:00

Daily: 17:00 – 22:00

PHONE

+65 63365003

 

Ashley Tung (2 Purity)

References:

https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=tsukada+nojo+singapore&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKhprF9JTVAhWGfbwKHb-vA6cQ_AUICigB&biw=1366&bih=662#tbm=isch&q=tsukada+nojo+singapore+soya+ramen&imgrc=pChdvw-2F5DgsM:

https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=tsukada+nojo+singapore&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKhprF9JTVAhWGfbwKHb-vA6cQ_AUICigB&biw=1366&bih=662#imgrc=a9XSPbteRetGXM:

 

Short Stories/ Poetry: Why did you not?

Poem Yen Chi

Remember that day

I dented your new Ferrari?

I thought you would murder me,

you did not.

 

Remember that time

I spilled wine on your new carpet?

I thought you would hate me,

you did not.

 

Remember that day

I dragged you to the beach?

It was raining like you said it would

I thought you would say “I told you so”,

you did not.

 

Remember that time

I did not tell you the party was informal?

You came in a suit and leather shoes

and I thought you would abandon me,

you did not.

 

There were a lot of things

you chose not to do.

You put up with me,

loved me, protected me.

 

I remember that day

I wanted to do something for you.

I waited for your return at the airport,

you did not.

 

I remember that time

I cried myself to sleep and

told myself I did not love you,

I did.

Ang Yen Chi (2 Unity)

Book Review: Into the Water

Into the waters book

“Its name carries weight; and yet, what is it? A bend in the river, that’s all. A meander.” ~ Danielle Abbott

Into the Water delivers an urgent, satisfying read that hinges onto the stories of the past that we tell and how they have the power to destroy our lives now. It depicts the death of Nel Abbott and her estranged sister, Jules Abbott. As Jules struggle to understand the circumstances behind Nel’s death, it is known that the previous deaths of women all linked to one common factor -the Drowning Pool. In a bid to find the truth, Jules had to face her past and cope with losing a loved one, albeit in strange conditions. The book is a good read, particularly in the way the author elaborately illustrates the troubling past of Jules’, how the author orchestrates the seemingly normal death in a way to be shrouded in secrets and the truth behind the quote that the past will eventually come back to bite you.

The troubling past of Jules is a complex one. She hated Nel- she despised her for her beauty, her parents’ favouritism towards her and Nel’s devilish schemes. Jules left her past behind in search for a new identity, but is forced to face the facts that her sister had gone. In the search for an answer, Jules stumbles across her sister’s records of her neighbours and the past of the Drowning Pool. She finds that despite their broken relationship, she still had feelings towards her sister and wanted to forgive her no matter what she did, even if she had done harm to others. This puts Jules in a conflicting situation where her morals clashes with her feelings towards her sister and gives us a fresh perspective on how our emotions may influence our decisions in the process as well as how the past can sufficiently help to develop the character in the story even though it is tricky to pull off. I should say that development of Nel Abbott as a character was shallow- she was portrayed as evil through and through whilst giving her no chance of redemption for what she did. It could have been interesting to see things from her perspective, why she did what she did, as well as the actions that brought her down to her demise.

The orchestration of the entire plot was delivered excellently- it led us to continue reading on about the truth of the accidental “drowning”, and gave us a twist we never did expect. Sean, a policeman in the story, is forced to come to terms with the family he never had and the morals that had no true foundation. Secrets were found- Nel Abbott, an innocent woman, was never that innocent. Jules Abbott, a life that never came to fruition was instead broken down and reduced to its fundamentals where she had to question the existence of her sister and even doubted herself, believing herself to be the catalyst of all the chaos that happened thus far. Mark Henderson, a normal teacher related to another girl who also died, was found to be involved in a sexual relationship with the girl. It gives us twists at every corner and is so unpredictable that we as readers have to keep reading to construct images in our head, giving us our own interpretations of the events that occurred.

The past is shown to eventually come back to bite a person, regardless of what they may have accomplished in their current life. Nel fell prey to her own past where she was involved in gossip and made trouble for herself. Jules rejected that one phone call and had to endure the pain of losing everything she ever had just for her sister. Mark had a relationship that was forbidden and lost one of his students for his own selfish purposes. Every little action they did in the past had a consequence, consequences that would eventually bite them back in full force and make them suffer for the rest of their lives. The wrong decisions started a chain of events that never would have happened had it not been done, proving fully the moral that the past can easily destroy your future.

Overall, this thriller read is worth reading. Paula Hawkins has managed to captivate me in a way where the book could hold my attention for hours as I wished to finish the book. It has given a strong interpretation of a value that many still deny exists and through the usage of words conveyed yet another brilliant concept that was refreshing and satisfying. I highly recommend this book for all to read and would definitely persuade you to pick up the book either in the library or bookstore to get a taste of what a fresh concept could hold for one’s adventures in a book.

Yeo Hui Min Mandy (2 Unity)