Ushering the Year of the Dog

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Teaching Aid?

I remember picture cards, posters, and even the more modern audio/visual teaching aids. But I've not seen one like this (pictured below). This teaching aid was said to be used to explain the concept of pi π. Let's hear from the teachers out there....have any of you used such aids?

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Paper Planes

Recognise this drawing? Were you any good at it? Did you have 'flying' competitions with your friends? Ok, own up...how many of you played with paper planes? We'd also like to hear from the model airplane enthusiasts. I'll admit I had paper dolls once. Spent hours designing, colouring and cutting out clothes for them ;)

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Famous Names (6)

At 18 years old, this gentleman started working in a tin mine under the guidance of his uncle. Years later, using his accumulated savings, he managed to buy the Chung Thye Phin Villa and helped convert it into a private hospital. Ever the philanthropist, this same gentleman also set up Shen Jai High School. I think by now most of you would have guessed who I'm talking about (some may have even recognised him in this photograph!) This person is none other than Foo Nyit Kai (also known as Foo Yet Kai). 

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...you know what this is?

I'm sure many of you can guess what this is :) Yes, these are cake pans used to make the famous Nian Gao - which is made from glutinous rice. While it can be eaten all year round, traditionally it is most popular during Chinese New Year. It is considered good luck to eat nian gao during this time, because nian gao is a homonym for "higher year." This sticky sweet snack was believed to be an offering to the Kitchen God, with the aim that his mouth will be stuck with the sticky cake, so that he can't badmouth the human family in front of the Jade Emperor. Legends and myths aside, how do YOU enjoy Nian Gao? I like it sandwiched between two slices of yam, which is then dipped in batter and deep fried ;) (all this talk of food is making me hungry now)

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