November, 2015 Archive

Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Celebrate summer’s arrival with fresh strawberries and billows of cream on this moist cake! Quick, easy, delicious and made from just a few simple ingredients, this strawberry cake is definitely a keeper of a recipe. Satisfy your warm-weather cravings with fruit-filled desserts and frozen summer sweets.

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(Photo Source: Topit.me.com)

Strawberry Shortcake has to be one of the girls’ favourite cakes — the dreamy strawberry flavour is definitely pronounced, with bites of fresh strawberries throughout. “This cake is just too adorable”, said Amy when she was decorating the delicious layer with a lightly sweet cream cheese frosting, “It is such a pleasure to create something delightful. This is exactly why I am and will always be passionate at cooking.”

Your Strawberry Shortcake is Waiting

Recipe from Amy Zhong (Bachelor of Commerce, University of Sydney)

  • 12837806865388Ingredients

— 1 quart strawberries, sliced

— 1/2 cup butter 

— 1/2 cup white sugar

— 1/2 cup milk

— 2 eggs, separated

— 2 cups all-purpose flour

— 2 cups sweetened whipped cream

— 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Directions

    1. Put eggs and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla and mix in melted butter.

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2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder together into a medium bowl.

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3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack.

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4. For the frosting:

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.

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5. Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

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“it was the one of the simplest, prettiest, most delicious cakes I’d ever made.”

*NOTE* If you can’t find small strawberries; raspberries would work well for the decor also as they are tiny and look cute cut in half.

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(Photo Source: http://strawberrycakedessert.blogspot.com.au/)

Enjoy! xx

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6 Best Tips to Travel without Jet Lag

Written by Editor’s Picks, Entertainment, Health, Tips & Tricks

In a previous article, we explained what Jet Lag was. Many students are travelling overseas, maybe to visit family or to relax after exams.

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Here are some expert tricks to mitigate those effects.

For brief trips, you can try the following simple but effective tips taken from a Sascha Segan, author of Fly Safe, Fly Smart for your flight:

  • 12063422_902079886545711_8657737619362390228_nReset your body clock before flying. Change your sleep time by one or two hours in the new time zone944372_600352806642363_615098801_nProvide as much water as you can for your body before, during and after your flight even if you don’t feel thirsty. Recommended by experts, you should drink at least two 8-ounce of water before the flight and 1 litre for every hour you are on the plane including the beverages you drink with meals.12066022_1211666275516013_1593355121750307359_nReset your watch to the time zone you are travelling to and start thinking about adopting that time zone11407281_10153448277731522_189516390933019296_nSay ‘no’ to alcohol or depressants such as Dramamine or other motion-sickness drugs, before and during your flight11295631_10153448277906522_4689349483245874295_nEat more lightly than usual, before and while you are on the plane148602_795148303834481_726577069_nDaytime naps of 30 minutes or less are OK to take after you arrive so that they do not affect your nighttime sleep

Additionally, sleep specialists have two main methods for accelerating the adjustment to jet lag and reducing its effects – drugs and light therapy. Light therapy is “timing exposure to daylight”. It is declared “the best way to resynchronize our body clocks” by Dr. Sack of Oregon’s Health and Science University.

“Do not sit down on the hotel bed; once your behind touches the hotel bed, it’s over.  Get out of the room.  Go for a walk. Get in the sunlight.” –  flight attendant Heather Poole, author of Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet in a Yahoo Travel’s article

Interestingly, travelling west is easier on the body than travelling east. In this case, Robert Rosenberg’s suggestions are: three nights before travelling west, go to sleep and wake up an hour later than usual; likewise, when travelling east, sleep and rise an hour earlier.

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In today’s technological age, we have apps that seek to solve all problems in our lives. Jet lag is no exception. Smartphone developers have created some apps to help travelers avoid jet lag such as Jetlag Genie or Jetlag App. All you have to do is simply enter your flight details and the app will design a suggestive timetable of when to sleep or eat to prepare for the time zone changes.

Recently, on 10th March 2014, researchers at the University of Michigan released a free app on smartphones named Entrain that helps to mathematically reschedule our body to adapt to new external environment.

“This is almost like a body hack, to get yourself entrained faster.” – Olivia Walch, a U-M graduate student who worked on the project.

 

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Study in Australia: Yue Yu (Jasmine Yu)

Written by Your Story

“Sometimes it’s hard to survive alone in a new environment.

But if you have a person to rely on, you two can keep the balance and survive.”

– Jasmine Yu

Good company makes good lives. Last year, Yue Yu (Jasmine) came to Australia with her flatmate to whom she was introduced by an agency. For this shy girl, she felt glad herself to have an awesome mate who is the same age as her and a more than competent cook.IMG_9774Without any relatives, Jasmine and her newly introduced friend took a long flight from Dalian, North China to Sydney in July, 2014. Jasmine decided to do a 4-year Bachelor of Social Work in University of Sydney. Despite knowing that this major is not chosen by many international students, Jasmine is passionate about social work. Not only was she inspired by her parents’ jobs in the community, but their encouragement to do what she loved gave her confidence more than anything.

Luck usually comes unexpectedly, doesn’t it?

11745454_10152975799636778_1750391201850328628_nBack in China, it is often said how challenging and competitive the national entrance exam is. Students study day and night to pass this exam and get a chance to enter a top university. As in Asian countries, studying in a university is very important and it is the only way to get a job or be successful. In short, without attending a university, you have no future. Although Jasmine failed to pass the exam for Beijing university, which is one of the best in China, her parents still gave her a chance to keep on studying in another country.

This is also because Jasmine already has a strong English foundation since she was 6 years old. Australia is a popular choice because it is easy to travel to and most of the universities in Australia accept the results from China.  

 

“In China, people only joke when you’re very close.” – Jasmine Yu.

Yes, this is called ‘culture shock’ – the period of time where you may struggle between Eastern and Western culture.

Jasmine was used to Asian culture, which focuses on the community and the collective. In high school, she was in a boarding school where it was compulsory to live in a campus with many friends.

“Back in high school, you go everywhere with a bunch of friends.”  Jasmine laughed out loud while saying this and we know that it is true in most Asian countries.10700614_10203252443777355_6067008899119173400_o

“(In Sydney) everyone is living in different places. And you know that it is hard to meet them after class” – Jasmine said.

In the beginning, she sometimes felt unaccepted and left out within a group of friends because she was not used to inside jokes. That feeling has almost faded away after Jasmine joined more society events, met more people and got encouragement from them. Her friends also told her that she does not have to be the same as other people to be sociable.

So, talk about culture, because “when you talk about the different culture, you’re different”, as Jasmine’s suggests from the way she did.

Social Work is a job of joy!

In a developed country, social work is totally different. That means the subjects about it will also be more practical in acknowledging sociology, NGOs, Public Welfare or Child Protection and professing the way you help a community.11703154_10152967325166778_190958831477026921_n

 The chances to practice are also more varied. In July 2015, Jasmine had her very first volunteer work abroad in Nepal for a month during the winter break. It was with an international charity – ‘Take on Nepal’ – created by Friends of Himalaya, a small, start-up company located in Cairns and whose founder and staff are all Nepalese. As her physical health did not allow her to help with the reconstruction, Jasmine took on the opportunity to teach English with the help of a Nepalese guideline. With The Friends of Himalaya, Jasmine was able to go on adventures and made it the most fantastic time of the year for her.12046863_1637079103229832_2142845161372989644_n

“In terms of career, I like to work in an organization like this. What they do is very meaningful and as it is not a very big organisation, everyone has one goal.” – Jasmine said.

Talking about people who do activities in helping people suffering Ebola, AIDS and so on, Jasmine showed her respect to them: “I don’t think I can do it. I highly admired them. They are the most respectful people in the world!”

Do what you love or don’t do it at all!

“I kinda really know who I am by now. Studying in Australia made me more independent. I make my own decision, with people manipulating me”, said Jasmine. That was what Jasmine wanted and she got it.

 As an international student in Australia, everyone takes the chance to earn money by a part-time job. Jasmine luckily got a job at a Chinese traveling agency, booking flight tickets for customers and planning trips based on their needs. “I thought it will be cool but then think it’s boring. I hate talking to people who do not want to spend a lot of money but always asking for the luxury ones”, Jasmine said.11265053_834848386602195_3352980891200566800_n

After that, Jasmine asked to change her responsibility in the office to do advertising on We Chat. She started posting blogs and Ads about the agency but in personal writings because she thought the followers would love to read those. However, the managers asked her to follow a technical formula which made her unhappy. And then she quit.

 So, at that time, she began looking for another part-time job. She went to an employment website but ended up with volunteer position in VOIS Magazine on March 2015. She uses We Chat as a platform to bring Vois Magazine to the Chinese international student community in Australia. Jasmine’s work is to interview people who love to cook and have a positive life, use their recipes and pictures of what they cook to write articles about them. And Jasmine loves what she is doing at the moment.

“There’s no point focusing too much on studying.

Look further in social life. It’s a waste if you don’t!”

– Jasmine Yu

 

 

 

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Bankstown’s Christmas Tree Bombing

Written by News

At 12:30am Monday, the biggest Christmas tree in Bankstown was fire-bombed by two vandals.

Police are investigating the two people captured by security footage.

Bankstown’s Christmas tree is known to be the largest Christmas tree in South Western Sydney, but is also known to suffered vandalism in recent years.

It is reported that the damages are worth up to $2500. Despite the act of disgrace, the tree still stands and the lights will continue to be on Friday at 7pm as per schedule.

The question is: Who are these two Bankstown criminals?

 

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Ice-cream: What’s the flavor of your personality?

Written by Student Life

 

Which one is your favorite? Chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip or vanilla? Do you know what ice-cream flavors can say about your personality? In order to test the theory, take your date or your lovely family member to an ice-cream shop and you will see which flavor they’ll choose and why that one among thousands. 

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Chocolate Ice-cream:

Charming and sexy are the most two common values in the inner-you,
so you are always surrounded by friends.
You are a committed and responsible person in every aspect.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-cream:
You truly seek perfection, and no one can compete with that.
You are also a faithful, lovely and harmonious person.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice-cream:
You are a very independent, generous and competent person.
Whenever there is any problem, you always deal with it in a calm and professional manner.
You have the potential to become an inspirational leader.
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Vanilla Ice-cream:
You are an easy-going, classical, day-dreamer type.
But once you are passionate about something,
you will do it – maybe without even thinking about the pros or cons of your actions.
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Strawberry Ice-cream:

People always call you “sweetie” or “sweetheart” because being sweet is your natural state.
You are very loyal, kind and well-behaved.
You always strive for harmony and provide support for your family and surrounding people.
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Cotton candy Ice-ream:
You are an adventurous person, who loves exploring and trying different things in the world.
But it doesn’t hide the fact that sometimes your inner-child can burst forth.




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5 Secret Tea Types to Lose Belly Fat

Written by Health

More and more people are drinking black tea today. Black tea is processed through several different stages involving being heated, rolled and fermented.

More and more people are drinking black tea today. Black tea is processed through several different stages involving being heated, rolled and fermented.

 Green tea is healthier than black tea due to its processing. Green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process to retain a higher amount of antioxidants.


Green tea is healthier than black tea due to its processing. Green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process to retain a higher amount of antioxidants.

 Oolong Tea means black dragon, Chinese-style-tea, which is semi-fermented in the process to retain the leaves color.


Oolong Tea means black dragon, Chinese-style-tea, which is semi-fermented in the process to retain the leaves’ colour.

Flavour tea is an infusion of leaves, seeds or roots extracted in hot water. There are various herbal teas to choose from such as peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea or rooibos tea

Flavour tea is an infusion of leaves, seeds or roots extracted in hot water. There are various herbal teas to choose from such as peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea or rooibos tea.

Coffee leaf tea is the hottest new beverage these days. It contains low caffeine but rich antioxidants and polyphenols – higher than green tea and oolong tea

Coffee leaf tea is the hottest new beverage these days. It contains low caffeine but rich antioxidants and polyphenols – higher than green tea and oolong tea.

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Easy Chinese recipe: Red-Braised Pork (Chinese Hong Shao Rou)

Written by Health, Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Did you know?

Red-braised pork is a dish that in Hunan is inseparably bound up with the memory of Chairman Mao: many restaurants call it “The Mao Family’s red-braised pork.” Mao Zedong loved it, and insisted his Hunanese chefs cook it for him in Beijing!

Hong Shao Rou—Chinese style red braised pork belly. Hong Zhao or red-braising or red-cooking are methods of cooking meats or vegetables with soy sauce, sugar and sometimes other spices. It’s a powerful concoction, best eaten with plain steamed rice and simple stir-fried vegetables; the sweet, aromatic chunks of meat are irresistible. This recipe is from Jeno, a Chinese student from Monash University in Melbourne. “The savory-sweet combination just seduces your taste buds,”, she commented with excitement. “It is a part of my sweetest childhood memories–I learned it from my mum.”

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(Image: http://thewoksoflife.com/2014/04/shanghai-style-braised-pork-belly/)

Your Red-Braised Pork is Waiting

Ingredients:

  • 3 /4 lb. of lean pork belly (cut into 3/4-inch thick pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (rock sugar is preferred if you have it)
  • 3 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 cups warm water

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1/ Start by cutting your pork into pieces. Then bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the pork for a couple minutes. This gets rid of impurities and starts the cooking process. Take the pork out of the pot and set aside.

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2/ Over low heat, add oil and sugar to your wok. Melt the sugar slightly and add the pork. Raise the heat to medium and cook until the pork is lightly browned. Turn the heat back down to low and add cooking wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and warm water.

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3/ Put the sugar* in another pot to stir fry until all the sugar melts and you can see large bubbles. Keep stirring in the process and add cooking wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce. Turn off the fire and add warm water to make the sauce*.  Pour the caramelized sugar sauce into the pot. This is another way to cook the meat beautifully!

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(Image: http://www.chinasichuanfood.com/hong-shao-rou-red-braised-pork-belly/)

4/ Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until pork is fork tender. Every 5-10 minutes, stir to prevent burning and add more water if it gets too dry. Turn up the fire to thicken the sauce. 

5/ Here we are! Garnish some chopped green onion and serve hot!

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*Notes:

  • If you are using brown sugar it is perfect for an amazing caramelized color.
  • Be careful when you pour hot water on the sugar sauce, but you need to pour all the water at once, quickly without hesitation.
  • It’s imperative to the color and flavor of this dish that you have both kinds of soy sauce! Just head to your local Asian market, buy a bottle of each, and it will last you a year!

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18 Secrets only 90s Kids from Japan and Malysia Know

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

if I am a Japanese kid from 90s:

I would never grow up without Doraemon:1

Or Ninia Boys:2

And  Pokemon:

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After dinner, my favourite cartoon was Kimba, a little lion tries to break barrier between human and living wildlife:

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Magical Girl was my dream for a birthday present or a Christmas gift:

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I bought lots of different stickers, roller stamps and temporary tattoos, but I have never used them all:

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I skipped my class and sneaked in a computer game shop for this Boong-ga boongga game:

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If I am a Malaysian kid from 90s:

I always waited eagerly for getting a Roti-ice cream from an ice-cream man, under the heat weather:27

I had never shared Mamee Monster to anyone in the class because of its tasty:

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I collected lots of tiny toys inside these chocolate boxes, just only RM 0.50:

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My mom always bought Nyam Nyam Rice Crispy for me after my piano class; a moment when dipping your chocolate coated spoon in the pot of multi-colored rice was insane:

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Eyes-glass chocolate candy transformed me into a superhero:

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Do I still remember the Nano song?:

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I could finish one stack in 10 minutes:

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It took me ages to decide which flavours I want to get:19

I tried to avoid the stones landing on my face while throwing it up high. Batu Seremban

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No one could compete with me in this battle as an eraser collection of international flags was my proud:

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I practiced typing through Mario Teaches Typing program in primary school:

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Source:  Reddit

Dash Yonkuro:11

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For the Singles, the Anti-Valentine’s Festival

Written by News, Student Life

  • It started out as a joke on a college campus. Singles’ Day or Bachelor’s Day was initially celebrated on November 11 (11/11) at various universities in Nanjing during the 1990s because the date consists of four ‘one’-s.
  • It is also called Bachelors’ Day.  When the holiday was first created, it was only celebrated by young men without romantic partners
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  • All 180 million singletons in China celebrate the holiday each year. However, the media and retailers still mainly focus on the solo men.
  • 969865_692178210798850_293593841_nLet’s party! Aside from shopping and gift-giving, the quirky, symbolic holiday has plenty of fun traditions. Young people, websites and companies often hold “blind date” parties, where singles come together in hopes of coupling up. In 2011, the city of Shanghai organized one of the biggest blind dates ever, attracting 10,000 singles.
  • Not every single is happy on this day! People may tease themselves for being still ‘sadly’ single, and some universities would even put forward special activities to gather singles together for a celebration.
  • Do you know why 2011 was marked as the ‘Singles Day of the Century’? Because this date has six ‘one’s rather than four!…More like an excuse to take celebrations to a higher level…
  • Why did Singles Day quickly become a hit? It tapped into China’s changing demographics, marketing to its emerging middle class and its increasingly affluent young consumer population. The online shopping extravaganza on November 11, started seven years ago by e-commerce giant Alibaba, and has become Chinese consumers’ biggest annual shopping spree.

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  • The world’s biggest E-commerce holiday! 11/11 has become the world’s biggest E-commerce holiday with sales on Alibaba’s sites Tmall and Taobao at US$5.8 million and US$9.3 million in 2014 (Wikipedia). In fact, Alibaba’s Singles Day sale is larger than the combined e-commerce spending on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday from desktop computers in the U.S.
  • 11/11 is going global. Alibaba founder Jack Ma Yun plans to include six million products from over 40,000 merchants, and more than 30,000 brands from 25 countries. International brands selling on Alibaba’s online mall Small include P&G, Unilever, Burberry, Estee Lauder, Zara, Huggies, Macy’s  M, Costco, Apple and Nike.
  • Probably the BUSIEST DAY EVER for the post office.  Already China’s post office estimates that Singles Day will lead to nearly 800 million packages being shipped in 2015.
  • It only took an hour for Alibaba to reach $2 billion in gross merchandise value (GMV) in 2014 — approximately one-eighth of the time it took in 2013. How long will it take this year? We’ll see.

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90s Japanese and Malaysian Kids Know It

Written by Student Life

How many of these can you remember?

If I am a Japanese kid from the 90s:

I would never grow up without Doraemon:1

Or Ninia Boys:2

And  Pokemon:

4

After dinner, my favourite cartoon was Kimba, a little lion tries to break barrier between human and living wildlife:

5

Magical Girl was my dream for a birthday present or a Christmas gift:

6

I bought lots of different stickers, roller stamps and temporary tattoos, but I have never used them all:

9

I skipped my class and sneaked in a computer game shop for this Boong-ga boongga game:

12

 

 

If I am a Malaysian kid from the 90s:

I always waited eagerly to get a Roti-ice cream from an ice-cream man in hot weather:27

I had never shared Mamee Monster with anyone in class because it’s too tasty:

26

I collected lots of tiny toys from inside these RM 0.50 chocolate boxes:

24

My mom always bought Nyam Nyam Rice Crispy for me after my piano class. That moment when you dip your chocolate-coated spoon in the pot of multi-coloured rice was insane:

23

Eyes-glass chocolate candy transformed me into a superhero:

22

I still remember the Nano song; do you?

21

I could finish one stack in 10 minutes:

14

It took me ages to decide which flavours I wanted:19

I tried to avoid the stones landing on my face while throwing it up high. Batu Seremban:18

Source:  Traditional Games in Malaysia

No one could compete with me, a proud flag eraser collector:

15Source:  Amulet Forums

I practiced typing through Mario Teaches Typing program in primary school:

13

Source:  Reddit

Dash Yonkuro:11

 

 

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