It’s Singapore’s 48th year of Independence. Let’s CELEBRATE!!!

  • August 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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TGIF, it’s Singapore’s 48th year of Independence so let’s CELEBRATE!

What better way than to share it with my multicultural friends here! Join me as I “masak2” some delectable Asian dishes reflecting the authentic diversified taste and culture, to celebrate Singapore’s 48th year of Independence!

• NDP 2013 Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzAkfSN_KUA#at=68

•  Home, Kit Chan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7g-PUjbusQ

I’ll even roll out a Popiah (fresh spring roll) Party for everyone. Fresh ingredients will be prepared separately. So don’t be “Pai Seh”, you’ll enjoy concocting your very own Popiah of your Dream, so “SHIOK”’ leh!

Just for fun - bring some desserts, fruits or anything ethnic of yours to share that “rolls” or “wraps”! Rain or shine, the CELEBRATION is ON! ;) Please post what ethnic "rolls & wraps" you have in mind to bring to the table as we're expecting an explosive diversity of yumilicous fun!

We’ll brighten up the skyline with a delicious bonfire if the weather’s hold up. Gazebos' all set up, bonfire will be calling out your names. Maurice and anyone with your strings & instruments or just your vocals, bring it on so we’ll have lots of unadulterated fun… “tak boleh tahan liao lah”!

If it rains, we’ll bring the warm camaraderie indoors and snuggle up with some DVDs or croooon on my karaoke singing machine... woa...woa, yeah2! The Celebration is just missing you!

There’s a lot of street side parking around my corner lot rambler. Rock-star Parking - park in my driveway only if you’re planning to stay late for the event – can take at least 10 cars if you coordinate your parallel parking. ;)

My venue can accommodate our usual group event size but being a Friday night, I’d like to plan my cooking better with a confirmed head-count. So please RSVP latest by noon on Wed, 7 Aug. Thanks!

Updated 07/30/13: I've set the event for 28 attendees as a gauge, but please do get on the waitlist if it's full. Life is unpredictable and spots usually open up last minute so we'll try to accommodate as many as possible! We want to enjoy our time with those who are able to attend and not concern ourselves with those who cannot. In accordance with the Hosting Guidelines, if you've been marked as a ‘No Show' at one of my previous events, or a total of three events for this group, your RSVP will be removed.

Let’s get together in celebration… see you all soon!

Regards,
Audrey

Footnote: For explanation of Singlish words, see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singlish_vocabulary

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INFO ON SINGAPORE

The English name of Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura (Sanskrit, literally Lion City), hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. Singapore celebrated its first National Day in 1966, after Singapore's separation from Malaysia on 9 August 1965.

Singapore has four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese (or Standard Chinese to be more precise), and Tamil.[154] English is the common language of the nation and is the language of business, government, and the medium of instruction in schools.

Singapore is a world leader in several economic areas: The country is the world's fourth leading financial centre, the world's second-biggest casino gambling market, one of the world's top three oil-refining centres, the world's largest oil-rig producer, and a major ship-repairer. The port is one of the five busiest ports in the world. The World Bank has named Singapore as the easiest place in the world to do business and ranks Singapore the world's top logistics hub. It is also the world's fourth largest foreign-exchange trading centre after London, New York and Tokyo.

In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world. Singapore Airlines always holds top positions for the World’s Best Airlines.

Singapore is a microcosm of Asia, populated by Chinese, Malays, Indians, and a large group of workers and expatriates from all across the globe. Dining, along with shopping, is said to be the country's national pastime.

• http://wikitravel.org/en/Singapore

•  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_%28Singapore%29

•  Majulah Singapura - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mCrQkoPeiQ&list=PL1F846F087CDFF680

•  NDP 2013 - http://ndp.org.sg/our-journey/

•  Love At First Light 2012 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9bPyHMwkEw&list=PL1F846F087CDFF680

•  Home, extended 2011 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxo4HgJK6yo

•  We Are Singapore 1987 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cts6ssZ_8mw

•  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Singaporean_patriotic_songs

•  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popiah

•  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singaporean_cuisine

•  http://travel.cnn.com/singapore/none/40-singapore-foods-we-cant-live-without-810208

•  http://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/about-us/

•  http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/life/2012-world-airline-awards-956445msp mu

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  • Audrey

    Hey everyone... a little belated in reply as I was catching up with my tail after a busy weekend! I wanted to say I REALLY enjoyed having y'all over! It was a blast to the past bringing instant reminiscence of home back in Singapore. I not only come from a huge family but grew up with multicultural friends so I absolutely LOVE cooking up a storm once in a while for everyone. Thanks for the beautiful flowers, food, boosts, live music from Toby & Maureen, MMC singers & dancers, the fabulous teamwork helping with setup/winding down, getting food out of my kitchen and demolishing them so delightfully. Spirits were soaring high and hearts were glowing warm - what absolutely good QI to bring to my new home! I'm glad I found my huge melting pot of multicultural family here!

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Valerie / H.

    Audrey, what a fantastic spread. The food was plentiful and so, so good! Thanks you for your wonderful hospitality and for opening your beautiful home to us!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Audrey, thanks for a lovely evening!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Superlatives for Audreys great work on the spread, the setting, and gastronomic delights. YOU ROCK!!!!

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Marlene H.

    It was great to celebrate this very important day.

    3 · August 10, 2013

  • One A.

    I'll bring fruits. I promise this time will be different from the last ones I brought so you can taste the variety of it.

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • One A.

      I was going to sit on it during the bonfire :-) :-) :-)

      August 9, 2013

    • One A.

      August 10, 2013

  • Catrina H.

    Wonderful, considerate & thoughtful group of people!

    3 · August 10, 2013

  • Kakuyu

    I was honored to be a part of that outstanding party. such noble party folks really enjoyed every one. Thanks Audrey

    2 · August 10, 2013

  • Almost Famous D.

    Wonderful party. Thanks Audrey.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Maureen

    Awesome Audrey!

    2 · August 10, 2013

  • David

    Great Part y, Thank You again Audrey

    3 · August 10, 2013

  • Sudi

    Tremendously fabulous!

    4 · August 10, 2013

  • Suzie t.

    Audrey, you are the hostess with the mostess! What a fabulous spread! Thank you so much.

    3 · August 10, 2013

  • One A.

    AWESOME! Audrey was generous with her original culinary delights. I learned a lot from her friends about Singapore and the culture. No wonder Singapore has the 3rd highest PCI in the world :-)

    4 · August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing fresh pineapple and organic grapes but my daughter's ride home from work fell thru so I will be there around 8:45 after I drive her home.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Audrey

    Namaste Dipak and other vegetarian/halal friends, I have the noodles and pineapple rice fried as vegetarian and halal. There are also stewed/stir-fried vegetables, fresh fruits, lots of nuts and crackers, seeds and your are basically creating your own fresh spring roll, salad and dessert so u know what you're eating! Gotta get back to cooking, so won't check emails again. See y'all here soon.... cheerio!

    August 9, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Hi, what the head count look like? It looked like some people were added from the waitlist to attend. I'm still interested in going but if there is no room, everyone enjoy the celebration! Sounds like Audrey will be having great food for you all.

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually since ill be at a family party, ill be coming for the Bon fire:-)hope there will be one!

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Rob S

    Hi Audrey, I just found out about this. I am sad I missed the cutoff. I am a neighbor that lives 6 blocks east of you and I have been helping my son remodel his house one block west of you. I like what you have done with your yard and will stop to say hello next time I see you in it. Meanwhile, have a great celebration. Rob

    August 8, 2013

    • Audrey

      Howdy neighbor, so you know my yard? :) There's room for you if you want to join us. I'll be busy cooking and won't be able to respond by emails, just come lah... :)

      August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh gosh hope to be able to attend, it's all ready Thursday:-|

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Audrey

    Btw, pls bring extra fold chairs/tables if you have any. Alternatively, we can throw down some ground sheets around the firepit to seat more. I could do with an extra pair of hands or 2 to help with the setup though, can anyone come about an hour earlier to help out pls? Counting down to seeing everyone real soon! Cheerio!

    August 8, 2013

    • Maushika

      Audrey! I can definitely be there early to help ( I'm done with work at 8am as I work the night shift, so I can be there even 2 hours before to help out if need be).. Let me knw.

      1 · August 8, 2013

    • Kakuyu

      I will bring a couple of chairs and maybe an half hour earlier depending on my sons and talking them to the airport. Excited to meet New folks

      August 8, 2013

  • arthur

    I'd be glad to come early and help

    August 8, 2013

  • Audrey

    Hi all! Current status is 38+7waitlisted, cap is reset to 46 to accomodate everyone... Sam, Tina, Shailly+1, etc - you're all IN! If you've not RSVPed, pls do so by 9p. Add is: 4800 Idaho Ave N, Crystal MN 55428. My google cell is:[masked]-8868. Call or text but no voicemails pls. Initially thought it'd be fun that everyone bring something that "rolls or wraps" (eg. tacos, taquitos, samosas, egg rolls, meat balls, gyozas, dumplings, etc), however being a work evening, it'll be easier for me to stir up the entire international buffet (i/o just Singapore local favs) to satisfy our large multicultural family attending the Celebration, so you do NOT have to bring anything. BYO(Bottle) if you'd like to drink more than Kool-aid. Fri forecast looks good for Celebration outside. I've a sheltered patio to continue the grilling if it rains!

    August 8, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    GREAT! Looking forward to it if I can find Crystal. :-)

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Catrina H.

    Can we bring children? We have a 5 year old who loves meeting new people. Thx!

    August 5, 2013

    • Audrey

      Hi Catrina, we'll be spending most time outdoor in the yard and there's a nice playground in the Elementary Sch across the road that he'll love! However, I've to alert u that it's SHOES OFF inside the House as it's our Asian culture, and I've white carpets. My Singapore guest is also bringing her kid so he'll have some buddy to play with... c u soon, tks!

      August 7, 2013

    • Catrina H.

      Being Vietnamese we don't wear shoes inside either. See you soon. And thanks!

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • Domenico

    Hi, I am in the waiting list but really look forward to this event. My wife is Chinese and moved to the twin cities less than a year ago. And she lived in Singapore for two years!

    1 · August 6, 2013

    • Audrey

      Hi Domenico, consider yourself and your wife IN! (while waiting for others to update their status) since she's been to Singapore! See u both in a couple of days...

      August 7, 2013

  • Audrey

    Ok guys, countdown 3days to go... time to check in and confirm your status! We have 33 confirmed and 14 on wait list, Please update by tomorrow so I can have an accurate headcount to prepare the spring roll buffet. Also let us know what you're bringing to the table or grill so we can have an ethnic variety - just for fun, anything (edible) that's in roll or wrap...

    August 7, 2013

  • Maushika

    Got a little excited with all the Manglish talk, hopefully I get to attend!

    July 31, 2013

    • Audrey

      Selamat datang, adek! I increased the cap, you're in!

      July 31, 2013

    • Maushika

      Terima kasih, Kakak! That's so nice of you! I will think of something to bring, maybe tau fu fah? We'll see, looking forward to Friday!

      August 5, 2013

  • Marlene H.

    It sounds fun. Looking forward to this celebration.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Rita J.

    Sounds like great fun, but I don't venture into unfamiliar sites at night...if anyone lives near 694 and Silver Lake Road and would like to car pool I would be interested.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Kakuyu

    New to this group hope it ok.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • One A.

    Happy Independence Day!

    1 · July 29, 2013

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