Welcome to Your Daily Dose, a daily column devoted to what the editors of Time Out Singapore love right now including food, music, movies, theater, workouts and more. Singapore’s “circuit breaker” measures are in place until May 4. Make the most of your stay by checking the 28 day plan that we put in place.
Does Tuesday’s news still make you tremble with fear and uncertainty? You’re not alone. These strange times demand all we can do to stay safe, sane, and hopeful. There are plenty of things to do online this weekend to keep you entertained. We even turn to the kitchen to hone our cooking skills (or brew another cup of Dalgona coffee for the extra WFH fuel), video on demand to watch a movie with a cause, and do whatever we can to keep calm and Continue.
Yesterday we spent the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with fun online activities, learned a few spells through Harry Potter-style classes (and a virtual experience through the wizarding world), and marveled at works of art selected by 12 artists from around the world via the online exhibition of the Fost Gallery. . Today we are baking gula Melaka coconut buns, pandan chiffon cake, and strawberry shortbread with The School of Perfect Bakes, watching local documentary on migrant workers I dream of singapore, and find zen among chaos through meditation apps.
Bake locally flavored cakes with School of Perfect Bakes
We don’t know about you, but we’ve had our fair share in the kitchen baking chocolate chip cookies and the usual suspect, banana bread. Maybe it’s to satisfy our sugar addiction (admit it: we’re all squeamish about the island-wide bubble tea shop closing) or maybe it’s therapeutic enough to get us through. the circuit breaker. But if you want to hone your baking skills and learn how to make Instagrammable cakes, make your stay at home sweeter with that of William Seow School of perfect pastries.
Her online baking classes are taught by Diana Gale, an award-winning professional baking and cooking instructor based in Singapore. With years of experience under her belt, she has educated over 4,000 students across Asia and has even written a number of books including The domestic goddess Wannabe cooks. His recipes often use local flavors and ingredients, including gula melaka, coconut, and pandan.
As the dessert stores are closed during this period, we might as well take advantage of our overtime to learn new recipes and create our own treats. School of Perfect Bakes offers three free classes, including pandan chiffon cake, gula Melaka coconut buns, and strawberry shortcake. These online courses is accessible anytime, so you can try it anytime of the day – even when the mood strikes at witch hour. PS We tried to recreate the Gula Melaka Coconut Buns (pictured above), but let’s just say: practice makes perfect.
I dream of singapore on Vimeo
Here’s a sad truth we have to face: It took the growing number of infected people in Singapore to shine the national spotlight on how low-wage migrant workers are housed and fed here. But all hope is not lost as people come together to help the community, the vulnerable and disadvantaged. We’ve even put together a guide to give the community a helping hand right now.
Presented by The Projector and Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), I dream of singapore is available for rent on Vimeo ($ 9.99) until April 26. All proceeds from the pay-per-views will be used to support the work of independent film house The Projector and the non-profit organization TWC2, dedicated to improving the conditions of low-paid migrant workers.
Local filmmaker Lei Yuan Bin’s observation documentary delves into the lives of our country’s construction workers as they leave their homes to build ours. It was first screened at the Singapore International Film Festival last year. Similar to Siew Hua Yeo An imagined land, the documentary shatters the illusion of a superlative Singapore. Both films show the harsh reality that beyond the shiny skyscrapers, luxurious condos and rich and crazy Asian are cranes, dormitories and low-wage workers.
The thought-provoking (and quite moving) documentary lets you reflect on the violation of human rights in a country like Modern Singapore. It’s also a good reminder for all of us – and not just those who openly post obnoxious comments online – to be kinder to everyone.
If you find yourself with a lot of burning questions after watching I dream of Singapore, The projector hosts a live question-and-answer session with TWC’s ED Ethan Guo and his guests on April 26 at 5 p.m. on his Facebook page. Connect with other moviegoers while you’re at it. In the meantime, check out the trailer above.
Find zen with meditation
We have been following our guide on meditation closely and you can do that too. There are basic tips and app recommendations that can help you get into the habit of mindful meditation on a daily basis. And since we’re mostly online, we downloaded apps like Headspace and Breathe (both available on the App Store and Google Play) to find Zen.
Headspace is a classic – it simplifies meditation and mindfulness by offering daily guided lessons based on your goals, whether it’s being more productive or dealing with anxiety. Plus, it only takes around 10 minutes to complete a guide. Breathe, on the other hand, provides various different techniques for specific situations. Consistent breathing helps us focus, eliminating the panic that comes with reading news (and intimidating emails). Take a break if you need to – we all need a breath sometimes.
Yesterday’s Daily Dose Recap: Earth Day, Harry Potter and the Fost Gallery Online Art Exhibition