AEC-$5 Challenge

I tried to limit myself to spend just $5 in one day, and here is my experience

Where to start? I guess let’s start with breakfast, at around 5.50 am at my home, I wake up to prepare cereal, that’s pretty much what I ate for Breakfast. Skipping ahead to break time in school, which is about 2hr 3o min.

What I ate for lunch was….



The most common food you can find in any hawker centre in Singapore, the almighty Chicken Rice. I bought this chicken rice for $2.50 at Singapore’s Polytechnic’s Foodcourt 3. Absolutely enjoyed it. Lastly, I went back home for dinner as nothing beats a mum’s cooking. Okay, obviously, this challenge was an absolute failure for me. I consider home cooked meals as cheating.

So, I tried a different day, I still had to eat the cereal for Breakfast. As for lunch, I went to the same Chicken Rice shop. For dinner, I went over to FoodCourt 5 in Singapore Polytechnic to buy 2 peanut-flavored waflles.IMG_9254[1].JPG


Altogether, I spent $4.90 that day and I still ate cereal for breakfast. This gave me an easy conclusion, that it is not easy surviving with $5 a day in the most expensive country in the entire world. I think what this challenge is trying to teach us is to not take things for granted as not everyone has what you have. Some teenagers may have an allowance of $50 per day while others may have just $2 per day. I believe this $5 challenge proved to me that spending $5 a day is extremely difficult.


AEC-Worker Writers

This is not a winning poem, but it’s my favorite

The poem was written by Rolina O. Espanola. She’s a Filipina domestic worker who’s been working for 4 years now. Her poem is mainly for her young daughter, giving a message for all the missed events while working here in Singapore, events like her daughter’s birthday and others.

The poem, “My Wish” is as goes…

I wish to see you blow those candles each year

To be a part of the crowd who sing and cheer

 I wish to be on that stage every school end

To see those beaming smile when medals and ribbons pinned

I wish to give you bathe, dress up and tie your hair

To hold your hand and walk to school

and be glad if you say its my mom standing there

I wish to hug you every time you come home crying

To make your milk and on the light if your dreaming

But more than that I wish to be a good mother

And the fact that I can’t be if I have to stay there

So here I am going far from you

And wish someday you’ll understand what did I do

To work abroad is the only decent act I know

To support your education and give a better tomorrow

Those are simple wishes that can easily be granted

But the reality I have to stay here though going home is what I wanted.

I know this is not a winning poem but I really like this poem compared to the rest because it really shows how sometimes people have to choose between work and family. It is a sad poem I know, but I can tell that this mother put her feelings into this poem, she expressed her hardships, her regrets, sadness into this poem. Even though she has these negative feelings, she still continues to work because she is doing it all for her daughter and family.


AEC-Made in Singapore

Local Inventions

This website shows 8 incredible Singapore Inventions. But, the one that stands out to me the most is…….

The Thumb Drive!
8 tech creations you didn't know originated from Singapore

Shocking isn’t it? Now, you might be thinking, no way that is possible, something that is being used by engineers, teachers, buisnessmen and more was originated from Singapore?! This phenomenal piece of device is indeed made by Trek Technology, which is a Singapore-based company. Trek Technology teamed up with IBM to sell the first ever 8MB USB Flash Drive.

Still don’t believe me? Research on this guy.

His name is Henn Tan aand he is the CEO of Trek 2000, the company who invented the thumb drive.

I would have never expected such a technology breakthrough to be invented by a Singaporean. This really shows how amazing Singapore can be!


AEC-Global Voices

From the many amazing stories I’ve seen on the website, I’ve chosen this story.

‘Playing for Change’ Promotes Peace and Inclusion Around the World Through Music

To summarise this story, filmmaker, producer and creator of this movement, Mark Johnson was inspired by Subway performers to unite people from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and ethnicities through the power of music. What did he see during the subway performance? A monk playing an acoustic guitar and while the other singing in a language different from his. The people did not enter the train, they were all engrossed by the performance, some cried, some were smiling, but all were really in to the music. I highly recommend to check this story out and see the rest of it.

Here’s one of the videoes they posted, feel free to listen to this tune.

Why did I choose this story?

Well, I used to be in a symphonic band in my Secondary School as my Co-Curricular Activity (CCA). Everyone was given 3 choices of their CCA, I chose band as my last pick just because I did not have anything else to pick. I got that CCA anyways. What’s the point in telling this? I absolutely hated my first few weeks of playing my instrument, the Trombone because I just was not good at it. It looks something like this…

However, after practising like crazy, I slowly started to like what I’m doing. And I even began to enjoy the music that my band was playing together. Some of the pieces we played made me feel, sad, happy, motivated. I learnt how to feel music. After reading about this story, I felt humbled to know that there are people who wants to change the world by bringing musicians from around the world together.



AEC-Unusual Occupations


What does an ‘unusual occupation’ mean to me? For starters, anything that has to do with doctors, teachers, engineers and popular jobs are all usual jobs. How do I define ‘unusual’? To me, an ‘unusual’ job is a job that requires a really, really specific set of skills. Skills that cannot be picked up from a typical school in Singapore. Basically, people earning money for doing things that are bizarre.

What do I mean? Here are some examples of the jobs that I consider unusual

golf ball diver

A Golf Ball Diver, basically this person has to search for lost golf balls around the golf course, be it in the waters or bush, this person has to collect it. golf ball divers collect around 2000-5000 golf balls daily.

Another unusual job is an Odour Judge

odour judge

Yes, that photo describes it all. These so called judges sniff other peoples’ armpits in order to test if a deodorant works on the client. Pretty bizarre right? Thankfully, no one in Singapore is doing something like this.

Here is one unusual job I found in Singapore…A Food Stylist.

 Meet Angela Chia a Singaporean and she is a food stylist. What does a food stylist do? Well, they pretty much arrange food in a way so that they look tasty and fresh……To think that people earn money from doing this really makes me question, “What’s the point in studying?”

Just kidding;) Since I love food, and this unusual occupation is all about presenting food, I do not mind styling food.


AEC-Heritage Trail

Bollywood  Veggies


100 Neo Tiew Road,
Singapore 719026 (Kranji Countryside)

 In our free time, my friends and I went to this Singapore farm, 20140805_IvySinghLim_TNPBollywood Veggies. It launched all the way back in 2000 by founder Ivy Singh Lim, former president of Netball Singapore and her husband, Lim Ho Seng, former CEO of NTUC Fairprice. At first, they wanted to retire in Australia, but after their beloved friend Michael had passed away, they decided to retire in Singapore instead. They explored the Kranji Countryside after reading on a newspaper article about farming in Singapore. They liked the idea of starting a farm. Somehow, they managed to get 10 acres of land in Kranji and named it Bollywood Veggies. That’s pretty much how the farm was born. This organic farm is planet-friendly because they grow their plants without the use of pesticides,
fertilizers and chemicals.
How crazy is that?

IMG_9290[1]If you want to learn all about plants and how they are being grown in Singapore, this is definitely the place to go. For a small price, you can go for a guided farm tour, where you get to learn about the plants grown in Bollywood Veggies, touch smell and taste some vegetables and fruits which they have there. We noticed straight away that there were a lot of signs, a few are kind of……confusing?

IMG_9280[1]Regardless, we saw a lot of interesting plants there although, I did not take photos of most of them.


Aside from just learning about their plants, did you know that you can learn to cook there? IMG_9311[1]They have a culinary class there that teaches the visitors to cook with a specific theme like ‘healthy cooking’. That’s not all, right next to Bollywood Veggies is their very own restaurant! They call it the Poison Ivy. They serve starters like Bollywood Wings, Spring Rolls and Farm Fresh Salad. They even have a kids’ menu serving Fish & Chips and Chicken Spaghetti Bolognese. They seem to be famous for their banana bread, curry rice and omelette. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to try out their food.
Bollywood Veggies is like a paradise, a peaceful place to take a breather or to escape fromPoison-Ivy-Cafe the busy city and just relax. However, all gIMG_9279[2]ood things eventually come to an end.

In case you couldn’t see what one of the signs said, on says “ Snake Den, Lookout for Pythons, Cobras and some politicians” One of my friends cleverly pointed out that the government might be shutting down the place for whatever reason which was why they put up that sign to mock politicians.
Well no matter the case, let’s see what the owner has to say about going Bollywood Veggies.


Bollywood Veggies





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