Total Defence exhibition 2021 at SDC

I will be sharing my recent visit to Total Defence exhibition 2021 (at SDC).

Most of us should know about Total Defence. Singapore recently added a new pillar for Digital Defence. Singapore’s Defence cannot count on military efforts alone, but requires a whole of country approach.

How many of us know the significance of remembering Total Defence on every 15th Feb? That is the day Singapore fell to Japan during World War 2, during Chinese New Year!

Curiosity brought me back to Singapore Discovery Centre’ latest Total Defence exhibition.

Now that the kids have grown up, I might have more time to explore more museums 🙂 Hope they will join me more frequently too.

You can role-play as “agent” and travel back in time to discover more history too. Or you can scan for more details with SDC app.

Visitors can also participate in some photo-ops and stand to win attractive prizes.

Back to the exhibition… You will go through different period of Singapore’s crises and learn about how the nation pull through

(1) Today’s generation might remember Tokyo and Hokkaido as a must-visit during school holidays. But the Japanese imperial army was merciless during WW2.

The photos and artifacts are quite visual, but history is never kind. For three years, Singapore and many other countries suffered under Japanese rule.

And I  heard that Japanese educational materials are still trying to brush away this piece of history. We definitely hope that Singapore will not fall under another country anymore (and no one own Singapore a living).

Total Defence exhibition 2021
Total Defence exhibition 2021

(2) Besides the war atrocities, visitors will go through Konfrontasi and the period post-independence when communism threatens our livelihood.

How does Singapore manage to house her population in HDB flats in such a short time?

And yet deal with internal and external challenges?

Many will know MacDonald house at Dhoby Ghaut MRT (not related to fast food), but how many remember Konfrontasi’s bombings?

That was the period when Indonesia threatend new Malaya (Malaysia and Singapore). Terrorists infiltrated Singapore and set off bombs!

Not fiction But real facts!

(3) Another episode during my growing up years is the cable car incident at Sentosa. 

Kids recite their pledge every morning, but do we understand the significance behind? Or are we so used to a peaceful Singapore already, and take everything for granted?

(4) Do catch the short clip about Japanese occupation of Singapore too.

(5) Another section of the exhibit showcases Singapore’s milestone.
I am sure not many have fond memories of ERP! (or for that matter COE)

Hey, the little ones can even be part-time broadcasters haha. Choose your favourite Singapore top stories.

Do take note the studio setup is for folks under 1.75m as I could not fit onto the screen.

(6) The last segment is about Covid 19, known as Coronavirus in the early stages. How did Singapore stand together against an unknown enemy?

Covid19 is the best CIO to elevate Digitisation and productivity for Singapore. We could not have imagined an empty causeway, nor Religious services via Zoom, or working-from-home facility.

There is a small segment on Supermarket run too (did not mention toilet paper :p)

And we have been wearing our masks for one year already! Thank you to the Healthcare and frontline staff for keeping Singapore safe!

Total Defence exhibition 2021 will run till end March, and entry is free. You should be able to cover the ground in 1 hour, I took longer as I really read all the exhibits.

More details at SDC website.

CNY cookies from

Chinese New Year (CNY) is just around the corner. Are you out shopping for your CNY cookies now?

We were invited by (黄梨家) to sample their home-made CNY cookies. IT would be tough to decline such a sweet deal 🙂

From the website, we noticed that is an established brand (老字号). They take pride in their cookies, and a few of their cookies are award-winning too.

Wide variety of CNY cookies are available on their website. Even Mala!
But we mostly order the traditional cookies.

Just choose your favourite cookies, add to basket and checkout. Simple.
Our order reached us within 48 hours. is so confident about the quality of their products, they are willing to grant a full refund! (T&C in their website)

Checkout their video here. Their award winning pineapple tarts will literally melt in your mouth! The cookies are home-made and all natural (no preservatives).

Our cache of CNY cookies. 

Introducing their award winning best sellers.

Award Winning Melt-in-your-mouth Pineapple Tart“.

Try one and you will find it hard to stop. Pineapple and buttery sweetness. Delightful.


Below image, I actually prefer “Nonya pineapple tart” as it taste more old school. The above “Melt in your mouth” version was a bit too sweet for me.

Another popular cookie, “Award Winning Melt in your Mouth Kueh Bangkit“. Savour the slightly sweet cookie.

To quote from the bakery “Enjoy a sweet blend of coconut cream, powdered sugar and tapioca flour swirling in your mouth with just one bite“.

Love letters (Golden Egg Roll) might not be award winning, but do take a whiff of the egg fragrance. The texture and sweetness reminds me of old school love letters!

It would be sinful not to have Love Letters during CNY!

We did order some other old-school favourites for the kids too.

Middle row (from L to R) Salted Egg Fish Skin, Premium Honey Chicken Floss Crispy Cracker and Crispy Almond Seed Cracker.

Do pop by website to shop through their range of Chinese New Year cookies.

You may reach out to them:

Thank you for the lovely Chinese New Year cookies treat 🙂

ps.. the above CNY cookies are sponsored