Bras Basah.Bugis Trishaw Night Tour

Thanks to OMY.SG and Radio 100.3 for inviting me to this special Trishaw Night Tour yesterday.

Trishaws(三轮车、人力车) used to be the main transport in the past where taxis(霸王车)was a luxury way of transport.

Nowadays, Trishaws are very seldom seen except for the areas in Bugis and Chinatown. Trishaws are now a business mainly for tourists. Maybe the older generations will reminisce about the good old days when they pass by and saw the Trishaws. But for us, the youngsters, we will not care much for them. At most we will be curious for maybe the first time we see the trishaws.

I am quite excited yesterday as I have never been on a Trishaw before. How will the ride be like? How different will it be compared to being on the usual ways of modern transport or even being on a bicycle?

All I can say is that, it was an unforgettable ride.

You know how often when we take cabs, we will meet drivers who can talk a lot, but usually about how their day is or how the traffic is like, current news and stuff. Things we are often not interested in and will really appreciate a quiet ride. I don't blame the drivers though, being cope up in the car all day, they could only talk to their passengers. I don't mind small talks but not complains about how bad the driver's day is.

On the Trishaw ride, the driver talk to us too. But it's different. As we pass by various streets, the driver will tell us about the history about the place. The driver whose Trishaw Sortie and I was on, shared with us how the Trishaw business is like, his experience with tourists and tell us about fun things on the road. Like how they and taxi drivers aren't agreeable on the roads.

The Trishaw, is not doubt the slowest transport on the road as compared to those running on petrol. A Trishaw moves because of it's driver, peddling hard and bearing the weight of the Trishaw and passengers. The taxi drivers have the air-con to enjoy at the very least. But the Trishaw driver was sweating buckets, although the breeze is quite strong. And it's at night, imagine if it's in the afternoon where the hot sun rays are glaring at them.

Now, more about the ride itself. The route that we took ain't the usual ones. We go though many streets and alleys that we will not go to or even know of their existence. The breeze blowing against the face, the neon lights all around. The ride was very comfortable though it might not seem so. Trishaws are not the safest vehicle at all, hence the driver had a big responsibility. And because of the responsibility, we know we are safe. We are able to look at our surroundings with ease and there's time to process everything. Maybe not slow enough for the camera lens but definitely enough for the human eye. Often in a car/bus, the surroundings looked like they are fast forwarded.

Oh, the Trishaws have speakers on time where the drivers connected to their mp3s and blast music from. The playlist ain't the most modern but there are songs from 草蜢, which I used to listen when I was a small kid while my brothers play them on the CD player.

Alright, I think I have said quite enough. Time for some photos~ XD


Our driver took that photo for us without us asking. I guess that's experience when 99% of your customers are tourists.

Look at those neon lights around~

Through the streets and alley.

Our Trishaw ride ended at Queen Street when we alighted and made our way to Settlers cafe at SMU. Settlers cafe is a hybrid cafe like Minds Cafe or Pit Stop Cafe. Over there, we had light refreshments and also played some games. Sortie and me were sitting with a pair of mother and son. Oh and today's the auntie's 69 birthday. Happy Birthday auntie! 

The four of us played this game called Bamboleo. In this game, there are small black and red blocks of various shaped on top of this circled-shape flat board balancing off a stand which tip is a wooden ball. The objective of this game is to remove the blocks without the board falling off. It's really fun and exciting! All of us had fun playing it. XD

Before they end the day, a lucky draw was held and both Sortie and me got a free Settlers Cafe membership. Sortie got it first and I did not expect that I will get it too. XD


And I shall end my post here. But before you leave, do take sometime to watch the video below. It's some footages that I have took on the Trishaw Ride. XD

Thanks for reading and watching! Hope you guys will learn abit of knowledge about Trishaws! XD

What I had for Reunion Dinner this year


What my family had for reunion dinner. This amount of food for 6 people! XD And of course, we have steamboat for like three days straight. XD Still got food in the freezer that my mum did not take out. XD

The Cathay Adventure

One fine day, Moriko and Rui was just lazing around at home with nothing to do... They can't stand it and thought of going out...

Watch the video to find out about the start of their mini adventure and where they are heading!

After traveling through a long long way, they finally reach The Cathay! 

They were thirsty and hungry after all the long trip and decided to head to Ya Kun Kaya Toast for a drink and snacks~ XD

After having their fill at Ya Kun, they felt like having some fun.

They had their fun at E2MAX with choices of lan games and soft toy machines and many more to satisfy their gaming craving. XD

Then, they pass by a shop named BLACK ALICE with clothing that looks super attractive!

They had fun trying the various outfits. Moriko prefer the sweet Lolita look while Rui is the Rocker!

After trying out the cute outfits, they pass by another shop,ROFF which sells gorgeous ties and cuff links! XD

Rui went ahead and try on something and she looked very smart indeed!


Over at to-a-tee, Moriko and Rui saw many interesting things and characters, like Astro Boy! XD They had loads of fun there! XD

Next, they felt like having something sweet and then Ben and Jerry's came into sight!

They spent sometime over there enjoying their sweet dessert! XD

Then they pass by another cool shop! Totally Hot Stuff with totally cool stuff!


After exploring all the cool stuff, Moriko and Rui head to Gramaphone for their dose of music!


After all that exploration, they got real hungry and crave for some authentic Japanese food. Where's better then Nihon Mura for this then?


Moriko and Rui went to sat at the fountain to chill after feeding their mini pinky stomach over at Nihon Mura.


Then it's home sweet home for the two cutie pies. 

Moriko and Rui hope that you have enjoyed their adventure as much as they have. They suggest that you all could go down to the Cathay and experience the fun you can have over there yourselves!

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Hachiko: A Dog's Story



I had never cried so much in the movie theaters in my life before. But this very movie based on a true story, touched my heart and the tears won't stop.

Hachiko, I have heard of its story way before the movie was released. A loyal dog who waited for his owner who passed on at the train station for 9 whole years till the end of his life.

Hearing the story and watching it is two different things. When you are able to see it with your own eyes(though it's only a movie), you are able to relate more. From the start to the beginning, the bond between dog and human. It's indescribable.

Hachi, the number 8 in Japanese, a lucky number. It connects the heaven and earth.

Akita, one of the most ancient dog breeds there is in Japan.

The professor found Hachi at the train station, or was it Hachi who found him?

Hachi accompany the professor to the train station every morning. And at 5pm, he will come and wait for him to walk home together.

After he died, his daughter bought Hachi to live with her husband and son. But one day Hachi ran away.

He went back to the house, but someone new moved in.

They found him at the train station, waiting for the train to arrive at 5pm, waiting for his owner.

She loved him, hence she let him free, to do what he wanted.

Everyone knows Hachi, the guy working at the train station, the old man selling hot dogs, the owner of the bookstore with the ginger cat and the couple at the butcher and all the other commuters who saw Hachi accompanying his owner to the station every morning and waiting at 5 pm everyday for his owner to get back.

"He's not coming back. You don't have to wait anymore." Hachi was told, but he stood still, waiting.

They gave him food and water, they greet him when they see him standing at the same old spot at 5 pm. At night, he slept under a non working train. When the time reaches, he will go to the same old spot and wait. He waited and waited.

10 years passed...
The wife of the professor came back to the place where they once lived. She visited his grave, and saw his old colleague there too. Catching up on old times, they walked to the train station. There, she saw Hachi, old and moving slowly, still waiting for his owner at the same old spot. She was so happy to see him, and he recognized her. She waited with him for the next train.

It's a snowing day and Hachiko was sleeping under the train. He wakes up and walk to his waiting spot in the middle of the night. Hachi lies down and wait. His eyes slowly closes, and he saw his owner...

For 10 long years he waited, and they are finally reunited, in the other world...


No human could be as loyal as Hachi. Would you wait so long for a person that will never return?

I rate this movie a 5/5 or even a 10/5.

Simple yet touching storyline.

Even if you don't like dogs, Hachi will capture your heart.

Watch it, in the cinemas or where ever. Just watch it.