Trivia time: 20 questions on transport

It’s time to challenge friends or family with Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course. This week, it’s trivia on transport: 20 questions on planes, trains, automobiles, and others methods of moving around! #1 Which city is home to the gondola?#2 “You can have it any colour you want, so long as it’s black!” said Henry Ford about which car that he launched in 1908?#3 Which two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle was used by the Romans?#4 “Flying Kangaroo” is the nickname of which airline?#5 Which Hollywood film features a DeLorean car as a time machine?#6 Name the cities where you can find these famous roads: Champs-Elysées, Orchard Road, Lombard Street, Abbey Road.#7 Which country are you in if you’re riding a shinkansen train?#8 What method of transportation is “shank’s pony”?#9 Which of these countries is the only one where you drive on the left side of the road: Austria, Saudi Arabia, Fiji, Mexico?#10 A sloop, a brig and a yawl are all propelled by what?#11 The first Space Shuttle had its name changed in 1976 from Constitution to Enterprise at the request of hundreds of thousands of fans of which TV show?#12 Volvo cars are from which country?#13 In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers successfully trialled a hot-air balloon flight in France using which three animals: rooster, sheep and duck; llama, piranha and iguana; fox, mouse and goat?#14 What word starting with “h” is another name for an air-cushion vehicle, or ACV?#15 The original Orient Express train service (the one from Agatha Christie’s famous story) ran between Venice and which other city, Istanbul, Athens or Prague?#16 Which popular vehicle in Asia takes its name from the sound of its engine?#17 The spy thriller The Hunt for Red October, starring Sean Connery, is about which type of transportation?#18 If I fly from LAX to LHR, and then all the way to BKK, which three cities have I visited?#19 The 1960s music group Gerry and the Pacemakers had a hit song about a ferry that crosses which river in England? #20 In Singapore, the metro system is called MRT. What do Hongkongers call their metro system? BONUSWho am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I was born in 1897, in the US state of Kansas. (10)My childhood nickname was “Meeley”. (9)I was considered a tomboy as a kid, riding wooden sleds over ramps and collecting worms, moths and toads. I also kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women in male-oriented fields. (8)In my early 20s, I decided to take flying lessons. (7)Later in life, I would become known as a style icon, and produce my own fashion line; this wasn’t my biggest claim to fame, however. (6)I suffered as a young patient of the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918, and was hospitalised for a month as a result, suffering lifelong effects from the illness. (5)In 1937, I disappeared in a plane over the Pacific Ocean and was never seen again. (4)Ten years earlier, I had become the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. (3)My first name is Amelia. (2)I am Amelia who, starting with “E”? (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Venice#2 Model T#3 Chariot#4 Qantas#5 Back to the Future#6 Champs-Elysées, Paris; Orchard Road, Singapore; Lombard Street, San Francisco; Abbey Road, London#7 Japan#8 Walking#9 Fiji#10 Wind#11 Star Trek#12 Sweden#13 Rooster, sheep and duck#14 Hovercraft#15 Istanbul#16 Tuk-tuk#17 Submarine#18 Los Angeles, London and Bangkok#19 Mersey#20 MTRBONUS: Amelia EarhartThis article first appeared in the July 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

20 trivia questions on games

It’s time to challenge friends or family with Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course! This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on games and puzzles (of the non-digital variety!). #1 If you’re pretty sure that Colonel Mustard did it in the Billiard Room with the candlestick, what game are you playing?#2 What colour is the Geography “wedge” or “piece of pie” in the classic version of Trivial Pursuit?#3 Controversial when first released in 1966 – it was described as “sex in a box” by one critic – which game features a large plastic mat with coloured circles on it?#4 In a deck of playing cards, which is the only King that doesn’t have a moustache? (He’s also the only one holding a sword up behind his head.)#5 The name of which tabletop game of physical skill and coordination is derived from the Swahili word meaning “to build”?#6 If I’m standing in front of a group of people and tugging on my earlobe, or folding and unfolding my hands like they’re a book, or placing a number of outstretched fingers on my forearm, what am I most likely doing?#7 The first jigsaw puzzle was created in the 18th century. Did it feature a picture of a castle, the map of the world or a horse?#8 The TV show Wheel of Fortune is based on which paper-and-pencil game where one player chooses a word and another tries to determine what the word is by guessing its letters?#9 What’s another name for the rook in chess?#10 What do you call the “reverse” version of Hide and Seek, where one person hides and the players all search for that person, joining them in the hiding spot when they find them until everyone has found the spot? #11 The current world record for the fastest solve of this 3D puzzle is 3.47 seconds, yet it reportedly took the inventor one month to solve for the first time in 1974. Which puzzle? #12 The name of which ancient board game, still played today, combines the word for a part of the body with the word for a type of ham?#13 In 2019, the makers of a famous game took to Twitter to clarify a rule. They said: “If someone puts down a +4 card, you must draw 4 and your turn is skipped. You can’t put down a +2 to make the next person draw 6. We know you’ve tried it.” Which game?#14 Which aquatic form of the game known as tag or tiggy takes its name from a 13th-century Italian trader and explorer?#15 Which game is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, and features “melds”, “kongs, “pongs” and “chows”?#16 In 2017, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a penguin and a rubber duck replaced the original thimble, wheelbarrow and boot as playing tokens in which game?#17 What’s the aim of the board game Operation, invented in 1965 and still played today? #18 Finish the name of this popular kids’ game played indoors or outdoors: The Floor is …#19 The fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has featured in countless films and TV shows, from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to which Netflix blockbuster whose fourth series is currently in production?#20 Which board game features plastic representations of four famished sub-Saharan ungulate mammals being telescopically leveraged to retrieve dispensed spheres? BONUSWhat am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I’m a game invented in 1938. (10)My creator was an American architect, Alfred Mosher Butts. (9)After a slow start on the market, I surged in popularity from 1952 when the president of department store Macy’s played me and placed a large order for his store. (8)I ran as a TV game show from 1984 to 1993. (7)I was inducted into America’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 2004. (6)I’m a point-scoring game, and one way to earn big points is by getting a “bingo” or a “bonus”, worth 50 points. (5)My name means “to scratch frantically”. (4)I feature racks, tiles and a bag that players reach into at different points during play. (3)The popular app Words with Friends is a variation of me. (2)I am S_____. (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Clue (or Cluedo)#2 Blue#3 Twister#4 King of Hearts#5 Jenga#6 Playing Charades#7 Map of the world#8 Hangman#9 Castle#10 Sardines#11 Rubik’s Cube#12 Backgammon#13 Uno#14 Marco Polo#15 Mahjong#16 Monopoly#17 Players have to carefully remove plastic pieces from a patient’s body with tweezers, without getting buzzed#18 Lava#19 Stranger Things#20 Hungry Hungry HipposBONUS: Scrabble

Trivia time: 20 trivia questions on history!

It’s time to challenge friends or family with Expat Living’s Weekly Quiz. You can get together with a small group, have a glass of wine and try these out – or stick to Zoom, of course! This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on history. #1 How long did the 1896 war between Zanzibar and Great Britain last: 24 days; 11 months; or 38 minutes?#2 In which century did the Dodo become extinct?#3 When it launched in 1911, the Titanic was the largest manmade moving object on earth. How many funnels did it have?#4 How did Joan of Arc die?#5 What kitchen invention was awarded first place at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893?#6 A ruler of which ancient civilisation is said to have had his slaves smeared with honey to keep the flies away from him? #7 What famous music festival was attended by 400,000 people in the US in 1969?#8 True or false: since the end of World War II, all British tanks have been equipped with tea-making facilities.#9 Place the following religions in correct order of their development, from first to last: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam.#10 In what year was the Berlin Wall torn down?#11 Which type of wireless technology takes its name from a Nordic king?#12 What famous city once had thoroughfares named Foul Lane, Stinking Lane and Bladder Street, which have since been renamed? #13 Where is Asia’s oldest university: India, Thailand or the Philippines?#14 An icon of the “Roaring Twenties” was a woman who wore shirt skirts, flaunted “respectable” behaviour and was referred to as a what?  #15 Which of the following dictators composed six operas: Kim Jong-Il, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein?#16 What was the name of the Sherpa who became the first to summit Mount Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953?  #17 Which American President rescued 77 people in his first job as a lifeguard: John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan? #18 Which civilisation was the first to use paper money?#19 Only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World remains mostly intact today. Which one?#20 In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a 20-1 upset victory in a horse race in New York. What was unusual about his condition at the finish line?BONUS: Who am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I am a ruler from the ancient world. (10)My birth name was Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, but that’s not how I’m known to history. (9)I held power from the age of 17 until my early death at age 30. (8)My mother is alleged to have killed my predecessor, allowing me to fill his spot. (7)I later had her killed, just to be safe. (6)I participated in sporting contests while in power, and was awarded first place in every event I entered, even the ones I lost. (5)I’m a Roman emperor. (4)I’m said to have “fiddled while Rome burned” (even though fiddles weren’t invented for another thousand years!) (3)I’m best known by my one-word, four-letter name. (2)I am N___. (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 38 minutes#2 17th century (the last widely accepted sighting was 1662)#3 Four#4 She was burnt at the stake (in 1431, at the age of 19)#5 The dishwasher#6 Ancient Egypt (Pharaoh Pepi II)#7 Woodstock (headline acts included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead and The Who)#8 True#9 Buddhism, Christianity, Islam (around 2,500 years, 2,000 years and 1,400 years old respectively)#10 1989#11 Bluetooth. It’s named after King Harald (10th century), who was nicknamed “Bluetooth” probably on account of a dental issue. The Bluetooth logo combines the two Nordic runes of his initials. (Why name Bluetooth after Harald? Because he was said to be a great communicator who brought people together.)#12 London#13 The Philippines (the University of Santo Tomas, in Manila, was founded in 1611 by Spanish Roman Catholic priests)#14 Flapper (as opposed to a wowser)#15 Kim Jong-Il#16 Tenzing Norgay#17 Ronald Reagan#18 Chinese (in the 7th century)#19 The Great Pyramid of Giza#20 He was dead; Hayes died of a heart attack during the race but his body stayed in the saddleBONUS: NeroLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section.

20 Quiz Questions on Geography

Welcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly quiz! How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts. Every Thursday, we’ll put up a 20 new questions covering topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more. This week, it’s a geography quiz! #1 Mount Vesuvius overlooks which city?#2 In which country can you find a geographical feature named Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu?#3 Busan is the second biggest city in which country?#4 Which is the only continent that straddles all four of the world’s hemispheres (Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western)?#5 Anagrams, Part 1: rearrange the letters of the following words to make the names of four countries – rain, chain, plane, moan#6 Which dog breed starting with the letter C is named after a state of Mexico?#7 What is the largest body of water, by volume, in the United Kingdom?#8 If you’re standing at the summit of Mount Kinabalu, what island are you on?#9 In geographical terms (rather than Johnny Cash terms), what is the Ring of Fire?#10 Which is the only American state with one syllable in its name?#11 What are the modern names of these former Asian countries: Siam, Ceylon, Kampuchea?#12 What is the second highest mountain in the world?#13 Australia is wider than the moon: true or false?#14 What is known as “The Eternal City”?#15 Which country spans the most time zones?#16 What’s the official language of Brazil?#17 Which African country has the largest population, Nigeria, Egypt or Ethiopia?#18 What is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea?#19 Anagrams, Part 2: rearrange the letters of the following words to make the names of four countries – moon race, lizard newts, a comedian, rent again#20 What’s the capital city of Canada?BONUS(If you can answer correctly on the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require after that.)What am I?I’m a country in Asia, roughly the same size as Taiwan. (10)I am a constitutional monarchy, with a king as my head of state. (9)I share borders with the two most populous countries in the world, China and India. (8)My own population is relatively small – over 160 countries have more people. (7)I have a dragon on my flag. (6)My national dish is a combination of chilli peppers and cheese. (5)My capital city is Thimphu. (4)My most famous tourist attraction is a cliffside monastery known as “Tiger’s Nest”. (3)I start with the letter B. (2)I am _____. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Naples, Italy#2 New Zealand (it’s the name of a small hill in the Hawke’s Bay region)#3 South Korea#4 Africa#5 Iran, China, Nepal, Oman#6 Chihuahua#7 Loch Ness#8 Borneo#9 The zone around the edge of the Pacific Ocean (or the Pacific Rim) that is particularly prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions#10 Maine#11 Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia#12 K2#13 True (Australia is approximately 4,000km from east to west; the diameter of the moon is closer to 3,500km)#14 Rome#15 Russia (11 time zones; when it’s 8pm in Kaliningrad in the west, it’s already 6am the next day in Provideniya in the east)#16 Portuguese#17 Nigeria (around 200 million, which is 90 million more than the second largest, Ethiopia)#18 Cuba#19 Cameroon, Switzerland, Macedonia, Argentina#20 OttawaBONUS: BhutanSee more weekly quiz questions in our Things to Do section!

Trivia Thursday: 20 questions on fashion!

Welcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly quiz! How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts. Every Thursday, we’ll put up a new quiz covering topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more. This week, it’s 20 questions on fashion trivia! #1 Shoe company Reebok was founded in 1958 in which country?#2 Who wore an eye-catching “meat dress” to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?#3 The record for the world’s longest wedding gown train stands at approximately 88 metres, 930 metres or 8.1 kilometres?#4 Which two-word French phrase refers to high-end, hand-crafted, custom-fitting clothing?#5 Match the country with the national dress: China, Myanmar, Vietnam; longyi, qipao, ao dai.#6 Finish this quote from TV series Absolutely Fabulous (“Ab Fab”) by inserting the name of a well-known fashion designer: “_____, sweetie!”#7 What fashion look do you associate with dyed black hair, dark lipstick and dark clothing?#8 Zippers were first commonly used in clothing in which decade, the 1890s, 1930s or 1960s?#9 What’s the surname of brother and sister fashion designers Gianni and Donatella?#10 The four “fashion capitals” of the 20th century were Paris, New York, London and where?#11 Who is the editor-in-chief of American Vogue?#12 Which item of women’s clothing takes its name from a nuclear testing site in the Pacific Ocean?#13 What type of outfit do you mostly associate with designer Vera Wang?#14 Which actress helped to popularise the ‘pixie cut’ in the 1950s, in films such as Roman Holiday?#15 What are the surnames of these famous 90s supermodels: Cindy, Linda, Claudia?#16 Which very common piece of clothing is believed to have taken its name from the Italian city of Genoa? #17 Jean Paul Gaultier made which iconic fashion undergarment for pop singer Madonna in the 1980s?#18 Which singer turned heads when she wore a dress resembling a white swan to the Academy Awards in 2001?#19 Which textile was most commonly worn by Ancient Egyptians: silk, cotton or linen?#20 The men’s evening outfit known as the tuxedo takes its name from a small town in Orange County, New York: true or false?BONUS(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I was born in 1959 in Long Island, New York. (10)My birth name was Karl Anderson Jr., and my mother, Joan Hamburger, was a model. (9)My first fashion project was designing my mother’s wedding dress when I was just five years old. (8)After enrolling in New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, I dropped out to work as a salesperson in a boutique. (7)I went on to become the boutique’s designer, and by 1981 I had launched my first label. (6)I’ve since become one of the world’s wealthiest designers, with an estimated net worth of US$600 million. (5)I was the first creative director of French fashion brand Celine, from 1997 to 2004. (4)Celebrities who have worn my designs include Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Kate Middleton, Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Obama. (3)I’m also well known as a judge on Emmy-nominated reality TV programme, Project Runway. (2)I am Michael ____. (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 England#2 Lady Gaga#3 8.1 kilometres (almost long enough to stretch the entire height of Mount Everest)#4 Haute couture#5 China: qipao. Myanmar: longyi. Vietnam: ao dai#6 Lacroix#7 Goth / Gothic#8 1930s#9 Versace#10 Milan#11 Anna Wintour#12 Bikini#13 Wedding dress#14 Audrey Hepburn#15 Crawford, Evangelista, Schiffer#16 Jeans#17 Cone bra#18 Björk#19 Linen#20 True BONUS: Michael KorsLooking for other fun stuff? See our Things to Do section!

Trivia Thursday – this one is on science!

Welcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly quiz where you get the chance to test your grey matter! How about challenging a friend or family member to see who gets the most questions right? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts.Each week, we’ll put together a new quiz of 20 questions covering trivia topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more. This one is all about science! Let’s begin!#1 Name six human body parts that have only three letters. (There are at least ten.)#2 Which is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature?#3 The name of which common disease comes from the Italian words for “bad air”?#4 In a popular “home experiment”, adding confectionary A to a bottle of carbonated beverage B catalyses the release of gas from the beverage, creating an eruption (or “geyser”) that quickly pushes the liquid out of the bottle. What are A and B?#5 What do you call the muscles found at the front of the thighs?#6 Which planet is orbited by 27 known moons (most of them named after characters from Shakespeare)?#7 What type of rock floats in water?#8 What “wonder drug” was discovered in 1928? #9 What is the second most common eye colour in the world? (It’s estimated that 8 to 10 percent of people have this colour.)#10 Place these five scientists in chronological order of their birth: Einstein, Copernicus, Hawking, Darwin, Aristotle. #11 What do you call a meteor after it has hit the ground?#12 Does sound move faster or slower in water?#13 One type of adult human tooth is the premolar. What are the other three types? #14 Nimbostratus is a type of what?#15 Produced between 1982 and 1994, what is considered the best selling personal computer of all time?#16 What, starting with “T”, do you call a treeless plain of frozen soil found in polar regions?#17 Approximately how many kilometres would you need to travel upwards from sea level to reach space: 100, 280 or 1010? #18 What famous structure in Europe is estimated to be around 15cm taller in summer on account of the thermal expansion of its metal?#19 The Beaufort scale is used to measure what?#20 To spell “Singapore” using chemical symbols, you would need to use Nitrogen, Gallium, Polonium, Rhenium and what other element?BONUS: What science-fiction film am I?(If you can answer correctly after the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require to identify the person.)I was released in 2015. (10)I’m based on a book by Andy Weir. (9)I grossed almost US$600 million worldwide. (8)I was nominated for seven Academy Awards, but didn’t win any. (7)My main character is an astronaut. (6)My cast includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig. (5)I was directed by Ridley Scott. (4)My main character, Mark Watney, is played by Matt Damon. (3)I am set on Mars. (2)I am The _____? (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Eye, Hip, Leg, Jaw, Lip, Rib, Ear, Toe, Gum, Arm#2 Mercury#3 Malaria#4 Mentos and Diet Coke (it works with variations on these, but they are the best known)#5 Quadriceps#6 Uranus#7 Pumice#8 Penicillin#9 Blue#10 Aristotle, Copernicus, Darwin, Einstein, Hawking#11 Meteorite#12 Faster#13 Molar, incisor and canine#14 Cloud#15 Commodore 64#16 Tundra#17 100#18 Eiffel Tower#19 Wind speed#20 SiliconBONUS: The MartianKeen to have a go at last week’s quiz? Try it here!Looking for something to do? See our What’s On section!

Quirky museums in Singapore

16th April 2020 by Expat Living 3 Min ReadThere are some interesting things that are right on our doorstep; so, why not start with a museum? Here are a handful of Singapore’s more unusual ones.Singapore Musical Box MuseumYep, there’s a museum devoted wholly to musical boxes! Why? Well, musical boxes – instruments that make sound when pins on a revolving cylinder pluck at a steel comb – were popular in Europe in the 19th century; a precursor of the jukebox, if you like! And Singapore played a prominent role in bringing the instruments to Southeast Asia. The ticket price of $12 includes a compulsory 40-minute tour showcasing a variety of musical boxes: big, small, each with its own story. When you’re done, you can also pop next door to Thien Hock Keng (Tianfu Temple), built in 1839.Where: 168 Telok Ayer StreetWhen: 10am to 6pm daily (pre-booking required on Tuesdays)Web: singaporemusicalboxmuseum.org NUS Baba HouseThis three-storey townhouse was once the ancestral home of a Peranakan Chinese family. It’s been meticulously restored so that a walk through the open courtyard, reception hall, kitchen and private spaces feels like stepping back in time. A third floor was added to the original dwelling around a century or so ago; it’s now used as a gallery for exhibitions and projects pertaining to traditional Peranakan culture.Where: 157 Neil RoadWhen: Heritage Tours by appointment only, Tuesday to Friday, 10am; self-guided tours Saturday, 1.30, 2.15, 3.15, 4pmWeb: babahouse.nus.edu.sg The Battle BoxSecond World War buff? You’ll love the Battlebox. Built in 1936, this was the former WWII British command centre buried inside Fort Canning Hill – it was inside the Battlebox that the British made the decision to surrender to the invading Japanese on 15 February 1942. Entry to the Battlebox is by ticket and tour only; there are several tours available – for example, “A Story of Strategy & Surrender” runs for 75 minutes and takes you 9 metres underground and into a maze of rooms.Where: 2 Cox Terrace, Fort Canning ParkWhen: Daily from 9.30am to 5.30pmWeb: battlebox.com.sgImages of Singapore LIVEEver wonder what Singapore looked like long before MBS and Takashimaya were a part of the landscape? Images of Singapore LIVE shows you just that by taking you on a journey from humble fishing village to 21st-century powerhouse. Experience the sights, sounds – and, yes – even the smells of yesteryear. The 45-minute, actor-led attraction features 11 themed areas with live action, special effects and even a boat ride.Where: Sentosa (next to Madame Tussaud’s)When: 11am to 8.30pm daily, last show at 7pmWeb: imagesofsingaporelive.com Singapore Sports MuseumDedicated to telling the stories of the nation’s sporting history, achievements and aspirations, the Singapore Sports Museum is the first sports-related museum on the island – a great one for fans of the Olympic Games, football and some less traditional sports. You can also tour Shimano Cycling World, with a collection of bicycles you can pull out one by one. There are also some cool interactive digital exhibitions.Where: Singapore Sports HubWhen: Weekdays 10am to 8pm, weekends and holidays 10am to 9pmWeb: sportshub.com.sg/museumAlso…Three more of Singapore’s quirkiest museums are currently getting a makeover.Singapore Philatelic Museum: Set to reopen in 2021, the SPM is converting to a dedicated children’s museum aimed at ages 12 and under, with stamps being just one feature.The Air Force Museum: A great spot for anyone into fighter jets, missiles and more, this museum is closed for renovations until further notice.MINT Museum of Toys: Known for its 8,000 items of vintage toys from around the world, MINT is upgrading “to provide you with a better experience”.

Trivia Thursday: 20 questions on food

1st April 2020 by Shamus Sillar 2 Min ReadWelcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly 20-question quiz where you get the chance to test out your grey matter! Or how about challenging a friend or family member to see who gets the most questions right? Each week, we’ll put together a new quiz, covering trivia topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more.Once you’ve tackled the 20 questions, scroll down to see the answers and find out how you scored. Good luck!This week’s topic: FOOD#1 What does nasi goreng mean in English?#2 Prunes and bacon go together to form which popular starter dish or hors d’oeuvres?#3 What is widely considered to be the most expensive spice in the world?#4 Which country is famous for goulash?#5 What’s the reason for the strawberry not technically being considered a berry?#6 What vegetable would you find in the Greek dish spanakopita?#7 What is the scale (measured in “units”) used to measure the heat/spiciness of chillies or peppers? #8 Which fruit, named after the Malay word for “thorn”, has been described as smelling like Limburger cheese (among other things!)?#9 Which popular snack is named after an 18th-century British earl?#10 The first item ever to be heated in a microwave was: an egg, a cup of tea, or popcorn? #11 What is the main ingredient in kaya, the jam that is widely eaten (on toast) in Singapore? #12 Which country does the picked vegetable dish of kimchi come from?#13 A common kitchen activity involving which food can cause the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide to stimulate a person’s lachrymal glands?#14 What food item is the most ordered in the US: pizza, fried chicken or cheeseburgers?#15 What type of meat would you find in a cottage pie?#16 Which two bordering countries claim that they invented French fries?#17 Clarified butter is better known as which ingredient in Indian cooking?#18 What is known as the “fifth taste”, after sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness?#19 The superfood berry açai is native to which country?#20 What is the technical name for the white part of the egg? All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Fried rice#2 Devils on Horseback#3 Saffron#4 Hungary#5 It’s seeds are on the outside rather than the inside#6 Spinach#7 Scoville#8 Durian#9 Sandwich#10 Popcorn#11 Coconut#12 Korea#13 Onions (the activity described is chopping them)#14 Fried chicken#15 Beef#16 France and Belgium#17 Ghee#18 Umami#19 Brazil#20 AlbumenWant to see last week’s Trivia Thursday quiz? Click here.

Trivia Thursday: 20 Questions on Movies

25th March 2020 by Shamus Sillar 2 Min ReadWelcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly 20-question quiz where you get the chance to test out your grey matter! Or how about challenging a friend or family member to see who gets the most questions right? Each week, we’ll put together a new quiz, covering trivia topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more.Once you’ve tackled the 20 questions, scroll down to see the answers and find out how you scored. Good luck!This week’s topic: MOVIE QUOTES#1 Which movie series includes the line, “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”#2 Which character is keen to go to “infinity and beyond” in Toy Story?#3 “Nobody puts ____ in a corner.” Fill in the blank space.#4 “I’m kind of a big deal”. Who is a big deal? (Hint: the character is played by Will Ferrell.)#5 Which film features the motivational line “Just keep swimming”?#6 More motivational words, this time from which film character? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”#7 Which actor breaks the news to his associate that a Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s is called something completely different in Paris?#8 “To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!” says John Cleese in which 1980s comedy movie?#9 Han Solo says “Laugh it up, fuzzball” to which Star Wars character?#10 How does James Bond tell barmen to make his martinis?#11 “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” So says Meryl Streep in which 2006 film?#12 “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” What’s the name of the pig?#13 “Yo, Adrian!” is a famous Sylvester Stallone line from Rocky. Which actress played Adrian?#14 Which actor told his onscreen students to seize the day? (“Carpe diem”)#15 “Rosebud” is the dying word of Orson Welles’s character in which 1941 film?#16 Who is the “she” (actress or character name) being referred to in the line “I’ll have what she’s having”?#17 Who is Dorothy speaking to in The Wizard of Oz when she says, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”?#18 Name the actor who said “Houston, we have a problem” in the 1995 film Apollo 13.#19 “If you build it, he will come.” Build what?#20 The instructional advice to “wax on, wax off” is from which film? All the answers (no cheating!)#1 The Godfather#2 Buzz Lightyear#3 Baby#4 Ron Burgundy#5 Finding Nemo#6 Ferris Bueller#7 John Travolta#8 A Fish Called Wanda#9 Chewbacca#10 “Shaken, not stirred”#11 The Devil Wears Prada#12 Babe#13 Talia Shire#14 Robin Williams#15 Citizen Kane#16 Meg Ryan (Sally)#17 Her dog Toto#18 Tom Hanks#19 A baseball field/diamond#20 The Karate KidHow did you score?0-5: Cinema avoider6-10: Casual viewer11-15: Film buff16-20: Hollywood heroLiked this? Read on for more fun puzzles and trivia: Saying goodbye to a decade20 quirky facts about SingaporeThe great Travel Guide quiz

Trivia Thursday: 20 Questions on Movie Quotes

25th March 2020 by Shamus Sillar 2 Min ReadWelcome to Trivia Thursday, Expat Living’s weekly 20-question quiz where you get the chance to test out your grey matter! Or how about challenging a friend or family member to see who gets the most questions right? Each week, we’ll put together a new quiz, covering trivia topics relating to pop culture, geography, history, language and more.Once you’ve tackled the 20 questions, scroll down to see the answers and find out how you scored. Good luck!This week’s topic: MOVIE QUOTES#1 Which movie series includes the line, “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”#2 Which character is keen to go to “infinity and beyond” in Toy Story?#3 “Nobody puts ____ in a corner.” Fill in the blank space.#4 “I’m kind of a big deal”. Who is a big deal? (Hint: the character is played by Will Ferrell.)#5 Which film features the motivational line “Just keep swimming”?#6 More motivational words, this time from which film character? “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”#7 Which actor breaks the news to his associate that a Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s is called something completely different in Paris?#8 “To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!” says John Cleese in which 1980s comedy movie?#9 Han Solo says “Laugh it up, fuzzball” to which Star Wars character?#10 How does James Bond tell barmen to make his martinis?#11 “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” So says Meryl Streep in which 2006 film?#12 “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” What’s the name of the pig?#13 “Yo, Adrian!” is a famous Sylvester Stallone line from Rocky. Which actress played Adrian?#14 Which actor told his onscreen students to seize the day? (“Carpe diem”)#15 “Rosebud” is the dying word of Orson Welles’s character in which 1941 film?#16 Who is the “she” (actress or character name) being referred to in the line “I’ll have what she’s having”?#17 Who is Dorothy speaking to in The Wizard of Oz when she says, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”?#18 Name the actor who said “Houston, we have a problem” in the 1995 film Apollo 13.#19 “If you build it, he will come.” Build what?#20 The instructional advice to “wax on, wax off” is from which film? All the answers (no cheating!)#1 The Godfather#2 Buzz Lightyear#3 Baby#4 Ron Burgundy#5 Finding Nemo#6 Ferris Bueller#7 John Travolta#8 A Fish Called Wanda#9 Chewbacca#10 “Shaken, not stirred”#11 The Devil Wears Prada#12 Babe#13 Talia Shire#14 Robin Williams#15 Citizen Kane#16 Meg Ryan (Sally)#17 Her dog Toto#18 Tom Hanks#19 A baseball field/diamond#20 The Karate KidHow did you score?0-5: Cinema avoider6-10: Casual viewer11-15: Film buff16-20: Hollywood heroLiked this? Read on for more fun puzzles and trivia: Saying goodbye to a decade20 quirky facts about SingaporeThe great Travel Guide quiz