Celebrate National Day at home!

30th July 2020 by Lindsay Yap 4 Min ReadNational Day may be a little different this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! If you’re on the hunt for things to do, take part in Onward 55 Singapore by Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, a virtual event featuring National Day dining deals, online shopping, performances, games and uplifting stories. Happening from 31 July to 16 August, it’ll give you the chance to explore five virtual locations at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES from home. Here’s what to expect!#1 Shop till you dropWhat better time to support local businesses? Head to the “Outdoor Plaza” and browse fashion, crafts, drinks and snacks from over 40 local entrepreneurs. Retailers on the online marketplace include popular brands such as Yeo Mama Batik, which carries stunning traditional batik outfits with a modern twist. And there’s good news for those wanting to stock up on reusable masks; homegrown tailor CYC Made to Measure will be selling their stylish cotton fabric masks for both adults and kids! CYC Made To Measure cotton mask Cardigan from Yeo Mama BatikIf you’re looking for gifts and handicrafts, make a beeline for Made by Buhni, ARCH and Craft Room – you can also personalise frames, mugs, polaroids and portraits! Foodies will also enjoy checking out local snacks and treats. For starters, there’s locally inspired cocktails by Hopscotch, cereal prawn chips from WOKWOK and baked sushi rolls from Sushi Pinch.#2 Order in – wherever you areTake advantage of islandwide delivery at “Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski” – there’s loads to choose from and deals to enjoy! Opt for brunch from The Glasshouse, bento sets from TONKATSU by Ma Maison, and top it off with sweet treats from NOW Bakery ($5 off delivery for orders above $50). Durian lovers will also love seasonal treats from Flor Patisserie – durian millefeuille, anyone? La Scala RistoranteTo celebrate the occasion, both La Scala Ristorante and Chalerm Thai are offering special $55 National Day three-course set menus, with unique locally inspired desserts. At La Scala Ristorante, enjoy homely Italian fare such as crab squid ink linguine and pork cutlet, while at Chalerm Thai, you can expect flavourful Thai dishes such as papaya salad and yellow curry.#3 Catch shows and talksTune in to a variety of virtual performances by local artistes at “Capitol Theatre”. On 8 and 9 August (9pm), groove along to popular National Day tunes with the resident band of Tin Box The Live House. Band members include Sherman Zhuo, Wilson Huang, Gen Seah and Relyne Ban. Homegrown music company Royal Entertainment will also be having performances titled “Colour Your Life”. They’ll take you on a journey down memory lane with familiar NDP and local drama songs. The dates to look out for are 31 July and 16 August (8pm and 9pm), 1 August and 2 August (9pm), and 9 August (8pm). Tin Box The Live House’s resident bandLove to sing? Join SingNation!, a virtual National Day singalong happening on 1 and 8 August (8pm to 8.45pm). Hosted by local award-winning conductor and composer Darius Lim, the event allows you to belt out National Day classics with hundreds of other singing enthusiasts across the country. To take part, sign up here.And finally, on 15 August (8pm to 9.30pm), watch Voices of Singapore Festival – Singaporean Inspirations, which will showcase amazing stories of everyday individuals accompanied by a series of special songs that respond to them.#4 Snag some cool prizesDrop by the “CHIJMES Lawn” and take part in a fun virtual game where you can win some awesome prizes. Items up for grabs include a perm at Black Hair Salon (worth up to $400), a facial from Simply Aesthetics ($400), Chalerm Thai National Day set menu for two ($110), Snowise Brightening Kit from Sulwhasoo ($80), Harry’s dining vouchers ($30) and more!#5 Be inspiredDuring the virtual celebrations, head to the “CHIJMES Hall” to read uplifting personal stories of strength and resilience submitted by the public. You’ll be able to view encouraging short stories, photos and videos, plus vote for your favourites! Chilli Soft Shell Crab Burger from Broadway American DinerThere’s more!Want to head down instead? You can enjoy one-for-one deals and other great promotions when you dine or shop at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES in July and August. From 31 July to 30 August, get a $5 Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES voucher when you spend a minimum of $100 at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, or either location. DBS cardmembers will only need to spend a minimum of $80 to qualify for this!Enjoy one-for-one deals at outlets such as The Winery Tapas | Bar, Anglo Indian Café & Bar and Famous Treasure from 31 July until 16 August.Various restaurants at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski (Capitol Singapore, Level 1) are also offering special dishes and deals. Dig into a Chilli Soft Shell Crab Burger and Chendol Ice Cream at Broadway American Diner and enjoy $24 three-course lunch sets at Frieda, La Scala Ristorante, Chalerm Thai and El Teatro Tapas (top up $5.50 for two glasses of beer!). Valid from 31 July to 16 August.Find out more about the event now!Written in collaboration with:Capitol Singapore: 13 Stamford Road | capitolsingapore.comCHIJMES: 30 Victoria Street | chijmes.com.sgLiked this? Check out more on our things to do section.What to watch – or listen to…Best parks for picnics in Singapore

Trivia Time: 20 Questions on Outer Space

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 related to space, the stars and the solar system! Oh, and a few aliens for good measure… #1 Singapore might be the Little Red Dot, but which planet has a Great Red Spot?#2 NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space what?#3 Which film’s catchphrase told us that “In space, no one can hear you scream”?#4 Halley’s Comet last came past Earth in 1986. When will it be seen again: 2022, 2061 or 3008?#5 When Neil Armstrong said “That’s one small step for man”, he made a tiny mistake and left out one word. What did he mean to say? #6 Which theory states that the Universe was created after an explosion?#7 Astronaut Chris Hadfield made a name for himself by recording a cover version of “Space Oddity” while on the International Space Station. Who wrote the original?#8 Which planet is named after the Roman goddess of love?#9 Laika was the first dog to orbit Earth, back in 1957. Plenty of animal species have been into space since then, but which one hasn’t: rabbit, praying mantis, bullfrog or tortoise? #10 Stephen Hawking’s famous book about the universe is called A Brief History of … what?#11 If you weigh 100kg here on Earth, you would weigh 38kg on Mars: true or false?#12 If you could fly a regular Jumbo Jet directly to the sun, how long would it take to get there: 21 days, 19 years or 3,900 years?#13 Find the space-related terms in these anagrams: remote, unable, radio set, bistro.#14 The Kennedy Space Center is located in the American state of Florida, on which Cape, starting with “C”?#15 Which of these constellations (and Zodiac signs) is not associated with an animal? Taurus, Pisces, Gemini, Leo.#16 A non-approved food item carried on to American spaceflight Gemini 3 in 1965 ended up the subject of a congressional hearing, with a rebuke for the astronauts from NASA. Was it a corned beef sandwich, a chocolate bar or a tub of ice cream?#17 Match the alien with the movie: Thanos, Greedo, Yogurt; Space Balls, The Avengers, Star Wars. #18 An urban legend says that Americans spent millions of dollars in the 1960s trying to develop a pen that could write in space. According to the same legend, what did Russians give their astronauts to solve the problem?#19 The classified location in Nevada where research into extra terrestrials is allegedly carried out is known as Area what?#20 In October 2019, two NASA astronauts undertook a spacewalk to replace a failed battery unit. It was the 221st spacewalk by space station crew members, but what was historic about the astronauts on this occasion? 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 1930. (10)My mother’s maiden name was “moon”. (9)I was christened Edwin, with the middle name Eugene. (8)I flew 66 combat missions as a jet fighter in the Korean War. (7)Today, I’m a very strong advocate for developing a human colony on Mars. (6)In 2002, I famously punched a fake-moon-landing conspiracy theorist in the jaw. (5)I’ve been to the moon (which is why I was angry at the conspiracy theorist!). (4)In fact, I was the second person to set foot on the moon, in 1969. (3)My nickname is the same as a character in the Toy Story films. (2)I am Buzz who? (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Jupiter (the Great Red Spot is shrinking, by the way; it used to be big enough to fit three Earths inside it, but now you could only fit one)#2 Administration#3 Alien#4 2061#5 “That’s one small step for a man”#6 The Big Bang Theory#7 David Bowie#8 Venus#9 Praying mantis#10 Time#11 True#12 Nineteen years#13 Meteor, nebula, asteroid, orbits#14 Cape Canaveral#15 Gemini#16 Corned beef sandwich#17 Thanos, The Avengers; Greedo, Star Wars; Yogurt, Space Balls#18 Pencils#19 51#20 They were both women (it was the first-ever all-woman spacewalk)Bonus: Buzz AldrinLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section.

Trivia time: Do you know your flags?

16th July 2020 by Shamus Sillar 3 Min ReadIt’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 flags! #1 The flag of Fiji features a bunch of bananas, true or false?#2 In 1920, the original Olympic flag went missing during the Games in Antwerp and wasn’t found for 77 years. Where had it been all that time: under one of the stands in the Antwerp stadium, in a closet in a French museum, or in an athlete’s suitcase?#3 The flags of the Netherlands, Russia and Thailand all feature which three colours? #4 The Union Jack only flies over Buckingham Palace at certain times. Is it when the Queen is in the Palace or when she’s away?#5 The rainbow flag (also known as the gay pride flag or LGBT flag) made its debut in what year, 1967, 1978 or 1989?#6 In motor sport, what type of flag indicates a race has been won?#7 Is the tallest flagpole in the world in the UK, Saudi Arabia or Japan?#8 There are only three non-rectangular national flags in the world. Switzerland and the Vatican City have square flags. The third flag is in the shape of two overlapping triangles and belongs to which Asian country? (Hint: It’s mountainous.)#9 The alphabet signalling system based on waving hand-held flags in particular patterns is known as what, starting with “s”?#10 What colour flag symbolises truce or surrender?#11 What large letter appeared on the flag of Rwanda until 2002?#12 A close cousin of flags is which tube-shaped piece of textile that is hoisted at airports to indicate wind speed and direction to pilots? #13 The flags of Oman, Guatemala and Mozambique all feature which element: palm trees, written text or weapons?#14 The study of flags is known as vexillology. It comes from the Latin word vexillum, which means what? #15 The flag of Cambodia has what building on it?#16 What’s the name of the flag that is commonly associated with pirates?#17 What’s the name of the constellation that appears on the flags of Australia, New Zealand and Brazil?#18 Is it illegal to burn the American flag?#19 Which country most recently removed the Union Jack from its flag? (Hint: It happened in 1994.)#20 Kuwait set a record in 2019 for creating the longest version of its national flag; was it 75 metres, 888 metres or 2km long?BONUSWhere am I found?(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 flag measuring approximately 1.5 by one metre. (10)I’m made out of nylon. (9)I was bought for $5.50, though most things were a bit cheaper back then. (8)Though I’m still in the same place I’ve always been, there’s probably not much of me left by now. (7)I was placed in my location towards the end of the 1960s. (6)Since that time, five other similar flags have been placed near me. (5)I went on a long journey. (4)I’m an American flag. (3)I was placed by Mr Aldrin and Mr Armstrong. (2)You can find me on the _____. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 True#2 In an athlete’s suitcase (American diver Harry Prieste stole the flag as a prank, finally returning it to the IOC in 1997)#3 Red, white and blue#4 When she’s away#5 1978#6 Black and white chequered flag#7 Saudi Arabia; it’s 171 metres high, or 15 metres higher than the top of Pinnacles @ Duxton#8 Nepal#9 Semaphore#10 White (this is probably because it’s the most easily seen colour on a battlefield)#11 R#12 Windsock#13 Weapons (Mozambique has an AK-47, Oman a dagger and sword, and Guatemala a pair of rifles)#14 Flag#15 Angkor Wat#16 Jolly Roger#17 The Southern Cross#18 No (in fact, even Scouts routinely burn American flags, as it’s considered the most respectful way to “retire” an old flag)#19 South Africa#20 2km (2.019km to be precise)Bonus: MoonLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section.

Trivia time: 20 questions on art

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 art and artists.  #1 Who painted the Mona Lisa?#2 The same artist, according to a popular rumour, spent 12 years just painting Mona Lisa’s lips. That’s not true, but how long did he take to do the whole painting, 48 days, four years or 18 years?#3 What do you call the Indonesian art of decorating cloth with wax and dye?#4 English artist Andy Brown stitched together a thousand used tea bags to create a portrait of which royal figure? #5 Match the cartoonists with their comic strip creations: Charles M Schulz, Gary Larson, Bill Watterson; The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts.#6 Michelangelo’s statue of David has a disproportionately large what: big toe, belly button or head?#7 What do you call the aesthetically-pleasing out-of-focus blurring of some areas of a photograph: rokeh, nokeh or bokeh? #8 Soup cans are synonymous with which artist?#9 What do you call the wooden board that an artist mixes and arranges paints on? (Half a mark for the word and another half for spelling it correctly)#10 The Kiss is a famous gold-toned painting by Austrian artist Gustav who?#11 Who was the lead male actor in The Thomas Crown Affair, a 1999 romantic thriller about a billionaire who steals a painting from a gallery?#12 Which type of paint dries more quickly, acrylic or oil?#13 Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, better known as Pablo Picasso, was born in which century?#14 Name the anonymous British artist who, in 2017, hid a paper-shredder in a painting frame so that the painting would be shredded after selling at auction. (Hint: He has a one-word name starting with “B”.)#15 What is the word for the Japanese art of paper folding?#16 List the following three art movements or periods in chronological order: Pop Art, Realism, Baroque.#17 What’s the two-word name for a painting or drawing of a group of everyday objects placed together? #18 Match the city with the gallery: Uffizi, Rijksmuseum, Tate; Amsterdam, London, Florence.#19 What does Italian artist Maurizio Savini make sculptures out of: chewing gum, cow manure or chicken gizzards?#20 The four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take their names from Renaissance painters. Name two of them. 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 1904 and died in 1989. (10)I believed that I was the reincarnation of my deceased older brother. (9)One of my earliest works is Landscape Near Figueras, which I did at age six, and which hangs in a museum today. (8)I was twice expelled from art school in Spain. (7)I went on to become a key figure in the Surrealist movement. (6)I designed the logo for the Spanish lollipop brand Chupa Chups. (5)I’m perhaps best known for a painting that features melted clocks. (4)I’m also known for my extravagantly long, thin moustache. (3)My first name is Salvador. (2)I am __________. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Leonardo da Vinci#2 Four years#3 Batik#4 Queen Elizabeth II#5 Charles M Schulz, Peanuts; Gary Larson, The Far Side; Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes#6 Head (it’s thought the artist did this to compensate for the fact that people would be viewing the statue from afar and from below)#7 Bokeh#8 Andy Warhol#9 Palette#10 Klimt#11 Pierce Brosnan#12 Acrylic#13 19th (25 October 1881)#14 Banksy#15 Origami#16 Baroque (1600-1750), Realism (1848-1900), Pop Art (1960s)#17 Still life#18 Uffizi, Florence; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Tate, London#19 Chewing gum#20 Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, RaphaelBONUS: Salvador DaliLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section.

Puzzle Pages, July 2020: All the Answers!

Here you’ll find the answers to our Puzzle Pages from Expat Living July 2020 issue. If you missed the puzzles or you’d like to make sure you get them in each issue from now, don’t forget to subscribe!Puzzle Page 1Q&A#1 Zero#2 10 points#3 Rice#4 2009#5 Messi 6, Ronaldo 5#6 New Zealand#7 Lowest (or least) common denominator#8 A frog#9 USA (it was invented in San Francisco)#10 AA MilneSUDOKU8 5 7  4 1 3  6 2 96 4 9  5 7 2  1 3 81 3 2  6 9 8  7 4 52 1 6  7 8 5  3 9 43 8 4  1 2 9  5 7 67 9 5  3 6 4  8 1 25 2 1  9 3 6  4 8 74 7 8  2 5 1  9 6 39 6 3  8 4 7  2 5 1WORDWHEELMain word: differentOther possible words:deer, dere, dire, dirt, dree, eire, erin, erne, fere, fern, fire,firn, free, fret, frit, ired, nerd, rede, reed, reef, reft, reif,rein, rend, rent, rete, ride, rife, riff, rift, rind, rite, tern,tier, tire, tree, tref, defer, deter, diner, drift, eider, ender,enter, fifer, finer, fired, freed, fried, inert, infer, inter, niter,nitre, refed, refit, rente, retie, terne, tired, treed, treen,trend, tried, trine, deffer, defier, defter, denier, dieter, differ,entire, fender, ferine, finder, friend, nereid, niffer, redfin,reedit, reffed, refind, refine, reined, rented, retied, retine,rident, riffed, rifted, tender, tiered, tinder, triene, trined,definer, refined, niffered, differentKENKEN3 2 5 1 41 5 4 2 35 3 1 4 22 4 3 5 14 1 2 3 5Puzzle Page 2ART & COLOURMatch the painting with the artist:American Gothic = Grant WoodThe Birth of Venus = Sandro BotticelliGuernica = Pablo PicassoThe Kiss = Gustav KlimtMona Lisa = Leonardo da VinciThe Starry Night = Vincent van GoghMissing vowels:RNG = orangeMGNT = magentaQ = aquaNDG = indigoPCH = peachMRN = maroonMSTRD = mustardVLT = violetZR = azureLV = oliveQUICKIESecret messages:VAD ERS = Space InvadersHIJKLMNO = Water (“H to O”)YOU JUST ME = Just between you and meARTIST & SONGSimon & Garfunkel, “Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again” (“The Sound of Silence”)Miley Cyrus, “We clawed, we chained, our hearts in vain, we jumped, never asking why” (“Wrecking Ball”)Tones and I, “Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me, oh, oh, oh” (“Dance Monkey”)Sinéad O’Connor, “It’s been seven hours and 15 days, since you took your love away” (“Nothing Compares 2 U”)Village People, “Young man, there’s no need to feel down; I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground” (“YMCA”)Guns N’ Roses,  “She’s got a smile that it seems to me reminds me of childhood memories” (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”)MC Hammer, “My, my, my my music hits me so hard, makes me say, ‘Oh my Lord!’” (“U Can’t Touch This”)Drake, “You used to call me on my cell phone, late night when you need my love” (“Hotline Bling”)Aretha Franklin, “What you want, baby, I got it; what you need, do you know I got it?” (“Respect”)The Kinks, “I met her in a club down in old Soho, where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca Cola” (“Lola”)Liked this? Read on for more fun puzzles and trivia: Saying goodbye to a decade20 quirky facts about SingaporeThe great Travel Guide quiz

Trivia time: 20 questions on the weather!

Welcome – are you loving Expat Living’s weekly quizzes? How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts. This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on the weather. #1 Which is colder, zero degrees Celsius or zero degrees Fahrenheit?#2 A snowflake has how many sides?#3 It mightn’t actually rain cats and dogs, but it can rain other smaller animals. What allegedly fell from the sky onto Bath, England, in an 1894 storm: jellyfish, snakes or mice?#4 Bill Murray plays a cynical TV weatherman in which 1993 fantasy comedy film?#5 The Beaufort Scale, which measures wind strength, includes five types of breeze: Fresh, Light, Strong, Gentle, Moderate. List them from weakest to strongest.#6 Is the average lightning bolt as wide as a strand of hair, a thumb or a baseball?#7 On 28 March 2007, around 9,000 people in North Dakota lay down on the ground and proceeded to set the Guinness World Record for what? (Hint: It had been snowing.)#8 Rain that evaporates before it hits the ground is known as black rain, empty rain or phantom rain?#9 Harvey, Ike and Katrina are all names of what?#10 In the famous old saying, does “Red sky at night” signify good or bad weather?#11 Match the song with the artist: “Sunshine of Your Love”, “Soak Up The Sun”, “Black Hole Sun”; Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden, Cream#12 What process of “weather modification” was used at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in an effort to prevent a downpour of rain at the opening ceremony?#13 Which city has the highest average annual rainfall: Bangkok, London or Auckland?#14 A tornado that forms over the ocean is called a what, starting with “w”?#15 Which is more likely to bring fine and sunny weather, a low- or high-pressure system?#16 A children’s book and film is Cloudy with a Chance of … what?#17 Which of these is not the name of a wind: Mistral, Kalimpong, Fremantle Doctor, Sirocco?#18 Starting with “d”, what’s the nautical term for an area near the equator where a lack of any wind can cause ships to get stuck at sea?#19 What’s the highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica: 12, 16 or 20 degrees Celsius?#20 What rained from the sky in the lyrics of a popular 1983 disco song by The Weather Girls?BONUSWhat am I?(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.)I’m a Hollywood movie released in 1996. (10)My executive producer was Steven Spielberg. (9)I grossed US$495 million worldwide, behind only Independence Day for the year. (8)My cast included Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his earlier film appearances. (7)My original tagline was going to be “It sucks!”, but it was changed because producers were worried reviewers would use the words for comedic effect. (6)My weather-related sound effects were created using altered recordings of animal growls and moans. (5)My lead roles were played by Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt. (4)I’m a disaster movie about deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma. (3)I have a one-word title beginning with the letter “T”. (2)I am T____. (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Zero degrees Fahrenheit (it equals around minus 17 degrees Celsius)#2 Six#3 Jellyfish#4 Groundhog Day#5 Light, Gentle, Moderate, Fresh, Strong#6 Your thumb – around 2 to 3cm on average.#7 The most snow angels made simultaneously in one place#8 Phantom rain (also known as “virga”)#9 Destructive Atlantic hurricanes (Katrina hit in 2005, Ike in 2008 and Harvey in 2017)#10 Good weather (“Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight”)#11 “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream; “Soak Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow; “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden#12 Cloud seeding#13 Bangkok (its average of 1650mm is around a third higher than the other two)#14 Waterspout#15 High#16 Meatballs#17 Kalimpong (it’s a city in India)#18 Doldrums#19 20 degrees (20.75 degrees, to be precise, set in February this year)#20 Men (“It’s Raining Men”)BONUS: Twister

Trivia Questions – this time it’s on words!

4th June 2020 by Shamus Sillar 3 Min ReadWelcome – are you loving Expat Living’s weekly quizzes? How about challenging a friend or family member? You can get together with them over Zoom, Houseparty or Google Hangouts. This week, it’s 20 trivia questions on words. #1 Which letter of the alphabet is used most frequently in English? #2 What word (particularly relevant this year) comes from an old Italian term for the 40-day period that a ship used to be kept in isolation if it was thought to be carrying sick passengers? #3 What 11-letter word starts and ends with the letters “und”? (Hint: dig around and you might get it…)#4 If you say “meri kurisumasu” to someone, what are you wishing them, and in what language?#5 The dot over the letter “i” is officially known as a tittle, jittle or swittle?#6 What’s the only number in the English language that has the same number of letters in its written name as its value?#7 What English word is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet?#8 What product did Jacques Nicot introduce for the first time into France in the 1500s?#9 What word can mean all of the following: to give a negative review of a movie; to search for gold; a cooking utensil? #10 What common three-letter word is the only definite article in the English language?#11 “Queueing” is a relatively common word, but what is its very uncommon feature?#12 In Cockney rhyming slang, what do the following phrases mean: “bag of fruit”, “trouble and strife”, “butcher’s hook”?#13 Triskaidekaphobia means having an irrational fear of which number?#14 A “couch potato” is someone who sits in front of the television for long periods of time. What does a “mouse potato” do? #15 What 10-letter word starting with “t” can you spell by just using the top row of a QWERTY typewriter?#16 Which of these words has the most definitions (over 400, in fact) listed in the dictionary: set, hand or fall?#17 Make a five-letter word using the letters ABCDEF and without repeating any letter.#18 What’s the technical word for having a rumbly tummy: borborygmus, brucellosis or bruxism?#19 Which animal appears as the very first word in many dictionaries?#20 On a similar theme, the word that often appears last in the dictionary is “zyzzyva”. Is it a type of insect, a breeze or a musical instrument?BONUSWhat am I?(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.)I’m a word of six letters. (10)I describe a common feeling. (9)While I’ve officially been in use since the 1950s, I was only added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2018. (8)I’m what is known as a portmanteau, or a combination of two existing words. (7)I’m the name of a 2019 book with the subtitle “5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones and Restore Your Joy”. (6)A recent Snickers chocolate bar ad campaign played on the effect I can have on people. (5)I’m thought to be the result of a decrease in the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood, triggering an increase of cortisol and adrenaline. (4)I start with “h”. (3)My definition is “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger”. (2)I am the word “h____”. (1)All the answers (no cheating!)#1 The letter “e” (for every appearance of “q” in English, “e” is said to appear 56 times)#2 Quarantine (“40” in Italian is “quaranta”)#3 Underground#4 “Merry Christmas”, in Japanese#5 Tittle#6 Four#7 Alphabet (alpha and beta)#8 Tobacco (the word “nicotine” is named after him)#9 Pan#10 The#11 It has five consecutive vowels#12 “Bag of fruit” is a suit; your “trouble and strife” is your wife; a “butcher’s hook” is to have a look at something#13 13#14 Sits in front of a computer for a long period of time#15 Typewriter#16 Set#17 Faced (we’ll also pay “decaf”, though we won’t drink the stuff…)#18 Borborygmus (brucellosis is a contagious infection and bruxism is teeth-grinding)#19 Aardvark#20 Insect (it’s a type of weevil) BONUS: HangryLooking for something to do? See our What’s On section!

Puzzle Pages, June 2020: All the Answers!

28th May 2020 by Shamus Sillar 2 Min ReadHere you’ll find the answers to our Puzzle Pages from the June 2020 issue. If you missed the puzzles or you’d like to make sure you get them in each issue from now, don’t forget to subscribe!Page 1Q&A#1 Roy Orbison#2 Venison#3 Sweden (its inventor was Alfred Nobel, who also started the Nobel Prize)#4 Little Women#5 Turkish lira#6 Harp#7 Horse#8 Obtuse#9 Indonesia#10 TearsSUDOKU9 6 5  1 2 4  7 3 83 4 8  9 5 7  1 6 22 7 1  6 8 3  4 9 54 8 6  3 7 1  2 5 95 9 7  2 4 8  3 1 61 3 2  5 6 9  8 7 46 2 4  7 1 5  9 8 37 5 9  8 3 2  6 4 18 1 3  4 9 6  5 2 7WORDWHEELMain word: workforceOther possible words:cero, core, corf, cork, crew, crow, fore, fork, froe, frow,kerf, kore, orfe, reck, rock, roof, rook, wore, work, coker,cooer, corer, cower, crook, crore, force, frock, frore,ocker, rower, wooer, wreck, cooker, corker, crower,forcer, forker, recook, recork, reroof,  rework, rocker,roofer, woofer, worker, crooker, coworkerKENKEN5 1 4 3 22 4 5 1 34 3 1 2 53 5 2 4 11 2 3 5 4Page 2LEARN THE LINGOMatch the English word with its language of origin Bagel = YiddishPoltergeist = GermanTaboo = TonganChutney = HindiKaraoke = JapaneseKetchup = ChineseMissing VowelsDRN = durianLTTC = lettucePPY = papayaPTT = potatoBN = bananaNN = onionP = peaCCNT = coconutGV = guavaSPRGS = asparagusQUICKIEWhat does the Y stand for in VIBGYOR?Yellow (Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red)ARTIST & SONGBeastie Boys, “You wake up late for school, man, you don’t wanna go”: “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)”Bob Dylan, “How many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry?”: “Blowin’ in the Wind”The Spice Girls, “So tell me what you want, what you really, really want”: “Wannabe”Due Lipa “Aren’t you the guy who tried to hurt me with the word ‘goodbye’?”: “Don’t Start Now”Cyndi Lauper, “If you’re lost you can look and you will find me”: “Time After Time”Kate Bush, “Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy, I’ve come home”: “Wuthering Heights”AC/DC, “I was caught in the middle of a railroad track, I looked round and I knew there was no turning back”: “Thunderstruck”Carly Rae Jepsen, “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy, but here’s my number…”: “Call Me Mabye”PSY, “Naje-neun ttasaroun inkanjeo-gin yeoja”: “Gangnam Style”Bee Gees, “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk”: “Stayin’ Alive” Liked this? Read on for more fun puzzles and trivia: Saying goodbye to a decade20 quirky facts about SingaporeThe great Travel Guide quiz

Puzzle Pages, May 2020: All the Answers!

2nd May 2020 by Shamus Sillar 2 Min ReadHere you’ll find the answers to our Puzzle Pages from the May 2020 issue. If you missed the puzzles or you’d like to make sure you get them in each issue from now, don’t forget to subscribe!Page 1Q&A#1 Honahlee#2 Vodka#3 Pete Sampras#4 President of the Republic of Singapore#5 Colours#6 Alcatraz#7 Malé#8 Montague#9 Michael Caine#10 18SUDOKU5 4 6  7 2 3  1 9 88 1 3  6 9 4  5 2 79 7 2  5 1 8  6 4 36 5 7  1 3 2  4 8 92 8 1  4 7 9  3 5 63 9 4  8 5 6  7 1 27 6 5  9 8 1  2 3 44 2 8  3 6 5  9 7 11 3 9  2 4 7  8 6 5WORDWHEELMain word: celebrate / erectableOther possible words:abet, able, bale, bare, bate, bear, beat, beer, beet, belt, betablae, blat, blet, brae, brat, bree, carb, crab, abele, abler, acerbbaler, beret, betel, blare, blate, blear, bleat, brace, bract, cabercable, celeb, rebec, rebel, taber, table, albert, beater, beetlebelter, berate, cabler, cablet, labret, rebate, treble, beetlerbleater, retable, braceletKENKEN2 5 1 3 45 4 3 2 13 2 4 1 54 1 2 5 31 3 5 4 2Page 2ANIMAL KINGDOMMatch the animal with its group nameMurder of crowsFlamboyance of flamingosMurmuration of starlingsMob of kangaroosCoalition of cheetahsShoal of seahorsesMissing VowelsCML = camelPLRBR = polar bearBBN = baboonCRMRNT = cormorantCYT = coyoteRMDLL = armadilloLN = lionKNGR = kangarooWL = owlKNGCBR = king cobraQUICKIEThe last time that a year could be read the same upside down as right way up was 1961. This will next happen in the year 6009.ARTIST & SONG“I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket”: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”“And darling I will be loving you ’til we’re 70”: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”“Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash”: Pink Floyd, “Money”“And all the roads we have to walk are winding, and all the lights that lead us there are blinding”: Oasis, “Wonderwall”“Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry, you don’t know how lovely you are”: Coldplay, “The Scientist”“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous, here we are now, entertain us”: Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”“Each morning I get up I die a little, can barely stand on my feet”: Queen, “Somebody to Love”“Up in the club, just broke up, I’m doing my own little thing”: Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it”: Eminem, “Lose Yourself”“I saw her today at the reception, a glass of wine in her hand”: The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” Liked 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 Q’s on Music

29th April 2020 by Shamus Sillar 3 Min ReadWelcome 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 music! Let’s begin!#1 What was the name of last year’s biopic film about Elton John?#2 Which singer did not appear on children’s TV show The Mickey Mouse Club as a “Mouseketeer”: Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake or Britney Spears?#3 Gamelan is the traditional music of which country?#4 Studies have shown that termites chew wood up to two times faster when listening to which genre of music? #5 What 1980s hit song was recorded by Katrina and the Waves?#6 Which famous Austrian composer died in 1791 at the age of 35?#7 Which is the only one of the four basic mathematical symbols (+, –,×, ÷) that isn’t the title of an Ed Sheeran album?#8 Actor Steve Martin is known for playing which instrument?#9 Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison were all how old when they died?#10 Who interrupted Taylor Swift’s 2009 speech at the MTV Video Music Awards?#11 Which Beatle married Cynthia?#12 CDs were first sold in music stores in which year: 1971, 1982 or 1987?#13 There are many instruments with a “peg box”, “fingerboard” and “bridge”, but which one has all of those and also a “chin rest”? #14 The ABBA song “Mamma Mia” topped the charts in 1976. Which famous song that it overtook in the number one spot also includes those two words in its lyrics?#15 What was the name of the American girl group that Beyoncé used to be in?#16 Which children’s song uploaded to YouTube by a South Korean education brand in 2016 has over 5 billion views?#17 Who composed “Ride of the Valkyries”, which was famously played through loudspeakers mounted onto army helicopters in the film Apocalypse Now?#18 Which long-standing English rock band (initials DL) has a drummer with only one arm?#19 What is the name of the wind instrument invented by indigenous Australians?#20 Who has won more Grammy awards, Barack or Michelle Obama?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’m a famous singer born in Michigan in 1958. (10)At the age of 15, I was grounded for a summer for sneaking out to a David Bowie concert. (9)I moved to New York City at age 20 to pursue a dance and music career. (8)One of the early bands I performed with was called Breakfast Club. (7)I quickly found success as a solo artist after this, and was a global bestselling music artist by 1984, aged just 26. (6)I’m still releasing music today – my latest album, Madame X, came out last year. (5)I’ve appeared in many films, and have won a Golden Globe for Best Actress. (4)I’m the wealthiest woman in the music business, with an estimated net worth of up to US$800 million. (3)My biggest hits include “Holiday”, “Like a Virgin” and “Vogue”. (2)I am _____? (1) All the answers (no cheating!)#1 Rocketman#2 Jessica Simpson#3 Indonesia#4 Heavy metal / hard rock#5 “Walking on Sunshine”#6 Mozart#7 – (the minus symbol)#8 Banjo#9 27#10 Kanye West#11 John Lennon#12 1982#13 Violin (or viola)#14 “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen#15 Destiny’s Child#16 “Baby Shark”#17 Richard Wagner#18 Def Leppard (Rick Allen lost his left arm in a crash in 1984 but continues to drum for the band to this day)#19 Didgeridoo#20 Barack Obama (he won Best Spoken Word Album in 2006 and 2008; Michelle Obama won the same award in 2020) BONUS: MadonnaNow try some Science trivia!Looking for other fun activities? See our Things to Do section.