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Singapore Day in NYC

the entrance to Singapore Day in Prospect Park

This weekend I’m in NYC for the NY Division Women’s Club Waterpolo Championships which I mentioned in a previous post.  The Saturday also happened to be Singapore Day.  One of my friends, Yiwen, on the waterpolo team is from Singapore and invited me to come with her in between games (which wasn’t the best idea since we were on the upper west side at Columbia and the event was in Prospect Park in Brooklyn…).

delicious spicy coconut noodles with shirmp Singaporean dish

Singapore is a small island-nation in SE Asia at the tip of the Malay Peninsula surrounded by Indonesia.  The government sponsored the first Singapore Day in 2007 in NYC and has held it in Melbourne, London, and Shanghai before coming back to NYC this year.  The purpose of Singapore Day is to keep Singaporeans abroad connected to home.  They fly over food ‘hawkers’ or vendors and set up exhibitions on various topics such as the national service and jobs back in Singapore.  We only had a short time there, but we got cute “I ❤ SG” totes, some food, and the company of many Singaporeans.  Yiwen saw friends from home who were abroad all over the US and they all said it made them want to go back home.

me and Yiwen with the “Clean Water Campaign” in Singapore mascot
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Summer brings… Fruit flies =(

I am moved in back to my apartment in school savoring the warm weather and sun before the long winter sets in. It is wonderful and glorious except for one thing… fruit flies! These blasted bugs drive me craaazay!! Literally any fruit left in the kitchen will spawn more. I’ve become more adept at swatting those little bugger but there were so many I had to take more action. After a quick google search I assembled two traps using household ingredients. An orange juice, water, soap cocktail, and a soy sauce water version. Apparently, apple cider vinegar works really well but I didn’t have any so I tried juice and I also read that soy sauce was supposed to work. The soap is also important because it decreases the surface tension of the water so the flies sink. Ya who knew?
So the verdict?

soy and orange

Those little dots in the orange juice one are dead flies and there are none in the soy sauce. Maybe it’s because I didn’t put soap in the soy sauce one? Dunno. I’m just glad the orange juice one works!