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5 Must Try Filipino Foods in Singapore

Coined as the “next big thing”, Filipino food is quickly becoming part of international food jargon. Food connoisseurs, chefs, and avid foodies are fervently making an effort to explore Filipino cuisines. The fact that these foods are known to be a collection of diverse cultures and insights from different periods of time is just remarkable. True enough, to feel, taste and comprehend the intense flavors of the Filipino grub itself is something worthy to be added one’s bucket list.

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KUDA KEPANG. KUDA LUMPING. TRANCE DANCE

This traditional dance originated from Java, Indonesia. The dancers stand astride painted and decorated wooden / bamboo horse (but only two dimensional) and move around the arena. The Javanese percussion ensemble (gamelan orchestra) accompanied the performance till the end. The possessed dancers showed some behaviors like a horse. They would eat something in a way like a horse would do

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KEEPING THE WAYANG ALIVE

When one talks about Chinese opera in Singapore, the conversation is often tinged with nostalgia for a waning tradition. Some may wonder if it is still performed outside of religious events in temples or the Hungry Ghost Festival, the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

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An Introduction to Singaporean Kopi Culture

For the most part, Singapore is a city that has been rushing fearlessly into the future, with several islands and 700,000 new housing developments set to be constructed by 2030. As a result, it holds a significantly higher standard and cost of living than many of its Southeast Asian neighbors. However, one aspect of the nation that has held onto old-time tradition despite this rush forward is its kopitiam culture (where “kopi” translates as the Malay word for “coffee” and “tiam” translates as the Hokkein word for “shop”). Even just the word “kopitiam” and its multilingual translation reflect Singapore’s diverse cultural history.

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