November 2009


As you all might have heard, the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games mascots made their debut over the weekend.

Lyo – which stands for Lion of the Youth Olympics is a lion cub with a mane as fiery as his passion for life. He wants to win a gold medal in international basketball competitions.

Merly – is a merlion cub who loves exploring the waters and beyond. Her dream is to become an environmental scientist.

Like all young people, Lyo and Merly need their food to get through the day. Born and bred in Singapore, both of them are fans of the local delights.

Lyo loves: Chili crab and Chicken Rice with loads of chili. A spicy palate for a fiery guy.

Bite into the fleshy chunks of sweet crab meat!

Chicken rice with lots of chili hits the spot

For a cool girl like Merly, she  loves:

Ice Kachang - a great dessert for a hot day in Singapore!

The ice shavings hide a mix of treasures

For athletes and visitors coming to Singapore next year, be sure to try these dishes at the nearby food courts or hawker centers.

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Even though we will not get to see David Sivalingam in action at the Youth Olympic Games next year, he has already made a lasting impression on athletes, Singapore and his loved ones.

David Sivalingam

His action over the past years is what people will remember. He was former coach of Tampines Rovers Football Club in the S.League and also coach of Singapore’s under—14 football team that played in the Asian Youth Games.

V Sivalingam collapsed while playing in a soccer match on Sunday, 1 Nov,  to raise funds for paralysed former national player S Anthonysamy.

The incident happened half an hour into the game and the 51—year—old was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

He is survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter.

Zainudin Nordin, president, Football Association of Singapore, said: “We are all devastated by the news. Our condolences and thoughts are with Sivalingam’s family at this very difficult time and we will render all the necessary assistance in their time of need.”

The Singapore 2010 team sends their condolences to the family and friends who have lost him.