Time After Time

Bicentennial or not, 2019 is all about celebrating Singapore’s unique cultural heritage.

By Alywin Chew      5 July 2019

And I know just who would make the perfect Singaporean Arya Stark. Her name’s Amita Berthier. She’s the reigning Asian junior fencing champion. So, yes, she definitely a legit choice when it comes to sticking ‘em pontianaks with the pointy end.

We could even go with a superhero theme! I recently read that primary school kids today have a social studies textbook that depicts Utama as a suave, uberripped comic hero that looks like the Aquaman portrayed by Jason Momoa. Now, just imagine Utama riding the Merlion into battle.

If all this sounds too over-the-top or you’re just not a fantasy fiction fan, I have another suggestion I’m sure you can agree with: We could have a National Chicken Rice Day to commemorate our national dish. Some historians have attributed the origins of our unique rendition of Hainanese chicken rice to Swee Kee Chicken Rice Restaurant in 1949. That’s just perfect because this year would be its 70th anniversary.

And to give it a commemorative flourish, we’ll call it… et voila! Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice Platinum Jubilee.


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