Majulah Belanja 2016 | Geylang Adventures
Majulah Belanja is an organized brunch between locals and migrant workers, held on 18 September 2016 (Sunday, 9am—2pm, 5 hours), at a migrant worker dormitory.
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Majulah Belanja

Majulah Belanja is an organized brunch between locals and migrant workers, held on 18 September 2016 (Sunday, 9am—2pm, 5 hours), at a migrant worker dormitory.

 

Held on the weekend after Hari Raya Haji and the Mid-Autumn Festival, we hope to celebrate our vibrant food culture while giving Singaporeans a chance to experience the lives and food of various groups of migrant workers. Majulah Belanja literally translates to “Onward, To Treat”, where everyone gets the chance to treat themselves to an experience like no other.

 

Majulah Belanja hopes to raise more awareness and understanding of migrant workers and their culture through food. Local Singaporeans will be invited to cook and dine together with a host of migrant workers at their dormitories, fostering a sense of community and comradeship.

 

Let’s make food. Together.

In this unique edition of #geylangadventures, we are partnering with a dormitory to celebrate their food culture in a multi sensory experience.

Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings) 2 500

饺子 (Dumplings)

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Nakshi Puli

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Samosa

 

 

Details


18 September 2016 (Sunday), Woodlands Lodge 2

 

190 Woodlands Industrial Park E7, Singapore 757178


 

Who?

 

Calling all Singaporeans! Join us as we celebrate with a community of migrant workers, appreciating them and their food culture!

 

What?

 

For just $37, you’ll be able to belanja (treat) 3 migrant workers to raw materials to cook their favourite dish, and even cook together! We will then share the fruits of our labour over lunch. No experience required!

 

When?

 

18 September 2016 (Sunday), 9am till 2pm!

 

Where?

 

Majulah Belanja will be taking place in a dormitory on near Admiralty! Find it on Google Maps here.

 

How?

Sign up below!

“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends”
– Shirley MacLaine

Registration

 

Thank you for your interest, registration is closed.

 

 

FAQs

I cannot cook! Can I still join?

No experience is required, we place importance on interaction and an exchange of a culture!

Do I get to choose my team members?

Every Singaporean will be assigned to a team of migrant workers upon registration on-site and at random.

I don't know my team members at all. How do I work with them?

There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met. Fret not, there will be ice breaker games and fringe activities. Come with an open mind and look forward to a vibrant exchange. Most migrant workers are friendly and happy to befriend Singaporeans!

What dishes should we cook?

We leave it to each team to decide, meet your new friends, find out what their food culture entails and work around one another’s preferences!

Are there any dietary requirements?

As long as there is no pork or beef.

How long of preparation time do we have?

This is not a competition. You will have adequate time to prepare a dish for 4!

Do we need to bring our own ingredients?

No, basic ingredients will be provided for every team’s use.

 

What are the basic ingredients provided?

The list of basic ingredients will be confirmed closer to the event date.

Do we need to bring our own cooking utensils?

Migrant workers will be informed to bring their own utensils, you could bring your own to supplement!

What about personal cutlery?

Please bring your personal cutlery to the event. We will not be providing disposable/plastic cutlery. Let’s do our part for the planet.

What happens after we cook the food?

A communal lunch of course! Participants will get to sample one another’s cooking and eventually settle down for a lunch session with everyone.

What time do I need to be present on the event day?

Registration starts at 8.30am, event will end by 2pm.

How do I get to the event venue?

We will be sending out instructions on how to get to the venue by 9th September, stay tuned!

Is there carpark space available?

Limited parking lots are available within the compound, do consider car-pooling or taking public transport to the venue!

Do I get a refund if I cannot make it to the event?

Event registration is non-fundable.

Why organise a cooking event?

Typical food projects directed for migrant workers focus purely on feeding the workers in bulk, and hardly consider their needs or concerns. When we visited the dormitories, the first thing we noticed was the array of smells coming from the kitchens. Preceding questions that we tried to answer include: “What food would be nutritional yet the workers appreciate most?” and “How do we involve more locals to bridge the gap of arrogance/ignorance?”.

 

We will provide raw ingredients and logistics for a cooking session involving teams of 3 migrant workers to each local participant. The participant joins the team, learning from them how to cook their favourite dish and then all the teams will share their dishes over lunch.

 

The consideration was to host as many locals/workers who were present in the dormitory. For a dormitory of 1,500 migrant workers, and with limited manpower, an all-encompassing event would prove very daunting. The size of 300 participants in the cook-off was decided on based on logistics and manpower projections. However, the event venue within the dormitory will not be enclosed, and spectators are free to walk in to enjoy the performances and activities.

 

Food, arts and culture is a universal language that requires no translators. As such, Majulah Belanja will be a perfect platform to facilitate the building of friendships between the locals and migrant workers that will last beyond a one-day event.

 

Using cooking as an icebreaker, locals will get the opportunity to learn about the real life stories of migrant workers. This in turn, will give them a better understanding of what means to be a migrant worker in Singapore. With time, perception of migrant workers will improve.

What do we want to achieve with this event?

Majulah Belanja provides a platform for migrant workers to host locals at the dormitories with the aim of breaking down social barriers and alienation from people who are view them as different from themselves. After learning their stories and bonding over a lunch session, we are sure that participants take home new thought-inducing outlooks on what it means to be kind and gracious.

 

Majulah Belanja hopes to raise more awareness and understanding of migrant workers and their culture through food. Local Singaporeans will be invited to cook and dine together with a host of migrant workers at their dormitories, fostering a sense of community and comradeship.

 

We hope to see a ripple effect from increased awareness and the intimate exposure to highlight our social issues, inspiring others to take a stand. By showcasing and celebrating the diversity of food, arts and culture of, we hope to bridge the gap between migrant workers and locals, showing our participants that we have more in common than we think.