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Family Bonding 101 | 如何加强家人之间的感情?

嘿大家,别来无恙!随着疫情逐渐改善,新加坡也慢慢开放了,以新冠病毒是“普通病毒”为观念继续生活。这也就意味着家庭可举办更多聚会。相信大家也知道,疫情对我们的影响不仅仅体现在工作上,对我们的私生活也有了一定的影响。例如:我们无法聚在一起在外头吃饭,只能打包回家或以限定的人数在外吃饭。那么,如今新加坡逐渐开放,我们能通过哪些方法加强与家人之间的联系呢?今天就让我来与大家分享吧!

Hey everyone! As COVID-19 turns into a norm, Singapore slowly opens up to continue life with COVID-19 being viewed as “just another virus”. This also means that between families, more gatherings could be held! As all of us have gone through COVID, I believe all of us know that its impact isn’t only on our work lives, but our personal lives as well. For instance, we are unable to eat out as a family. We could only choose to takeaway or eat out in limited numbers when the restrictions were slightly eased. However, now that Singapore is slowly easing up more, how could we bond as a family and strengthen our ties? Let me share some methods today!

野餐 | Picnic

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与家人聚在一起吃饭并不难,但在两年前的疫情中,与家人一起在外吃饭却成了一种奢侈。值得庆幸的是如今新加坡放宽措施,并允许10个人在外聚集。这也为意味着就家庭之间,尤其是大家庭,终于可以聚在一起了!野餐是一个很好的户外活动。家庭成员能够通过食物、交流、玩耍等方式来培养且增进家人之间的感情。

有些人可能就要问了,野餐不就是在草地上吃顿饭吗?不仅热,还会有蚊虫叮咬。其实,我个人觉得野餐没那么糟糕和沉闷。去过的人都知道,你们在外野餐时,可以做很多东西。尤其是当你有很多人聚在一起,玩得也就越开心。这就很适合家庭外出呀! 在野餐时除了吃东西,也可以放风筝、打球,甚至可以带一些棋盘游戏玩。所以说,只要有心规划,多无聊的一天都可以成为最精彩的一天!

Eating with family members who live with you may not be a hard thing to do, but in the midst of COVID-19, eating out is a fairly difficult thing especially if you have a big family. Recently though, Singapore eased out restrictions, allowing up to 10 people in a group outside. This means just like before, including huge families, we can go out together! Picnic is an amazing activity to hold as a family, where you can bond through food, interaction, games and so much more.

Some of you may be curious, isn’t a picnic just a meal on some grass? It’s not only hot but there are bugs too. Actually, I personally feel that picnics aren’t that bad. If you’ve gone to one before, you’d know that there’s many things you can do other than eating, and this is one of those activities where “the more the merrier” truly means itself, making it one of the most suitable family outdoor activities. Other than eating, you can fly a kite, or play board games. It’s really up to you. As long as you plan it well, the most boring day could become the most memorable day for your family!

爬山 | Hiking

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一晃眼,疫情已有两年多了。今年,于2022年5月起,新加坡政府终于允许人民在户外时,可自由选择戴口罩。你可以摘下口罩,亦可以选择不摘。有了这样的选择,可参加的户外活动一瞬间就变多了。其中一种能够加强家庭凝聚力的户外活动就是爬山。不知道你们有没有过这种经验,但我记得小时候,家人常常会带我到附近的地方爬山。有时候我们会看到猴子,还会捡榴莲。这些都成为了我童年时的美好回忆。可惜如今长大了,父母的体力也不如以前,就没有机会去。可是,千万别让这个成为一个理由。即使没有小时候的精力、父母没有年轻时的体力,你仍可以与父母爬山。

爬山不一定是充满精力,快速往前冲的过程。它可以是慢悠悠地往上走,边看风景边聊天。现如今,我知道许多人爬山只为了看日出日落。这也是个等着你去收藏的美好回忆呀!大家可以选择在周末,趁太阳快下山时,与家人爬到山顶看日落。日落之时,也是拍照、留念的最佳时刻。不仅如此,到了山顶,你们也可以一起吃点小零食,补充体力。有美景,有吃有喝,还有家人陪伴。这么美好的时光,请多来一点!

In a blink of an eye, COVID-19 has been around for more than two years. Today (the time of writing being May 2022), Singapore has finally eased up mask restrictions, allowing people to choose between wearing a mask and not wearing one when outdoors. With such a choice, outdoor activities increased in variety. One which I feel could strengthen bonds between family members would be hiking. Not sure if you’ve had similar experiences, but I remember as a child, I would often go hiking around where I live. We would see monkeys and even pick wild durians. These have all become part of my wonderful childhood memories. A pity however, that my parents don’t have the energy they used to have when they were younger, hence we don’t really do it anymore, but please do not let this be an excuse to stop you! Even if they don’t have the same levels of energy, you can still go hiking.

Hiking doesn’t mean rushing towards the end point filled to the brim with energy. It can be a slow walk up, with heart to heart talks while enjoying the scenery. Today, many hike to see the sunrise or sunset, which is definitely a memory waiting for you to keep! You can choose weekends, or any days where the sun is setting (so that it isn’t too hot), to hike with your family to catch a glimpse of the beautiful sunset. When it sets, it is also often the best time to take pictures. In fact, you can also choose to have a small break, eat some snacks with your family at the top. With beautiful scenery, food and drinks, and the company of family members, it is definitely a moment to cherish. You’d be hoping for more times like this after trying it out!

线上派对 | Virtual Parties

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疫情期间,许多有趣又好玩的线上软件逐渐上线。其中就有如HouseParty的软件,让不同的人在线上通过不同的游戏一起社交,并且不会失去乐趣。另一个比较常见的就是Zoom。Zoom虽然不是一个好玩的软件,但它是一个能让你通过它找到乐趣的软件。有些人可能就要问了,就凭一个平常拿来工作、开会的软件,我们怎么能从那种找到乐趣?大家不必懊恼,这就让我来揭晓答案!

Zoom的确是个专门让人开会的社交软件,但这也是最关键的功能。在该平台上,你可以开设一个会议,邀请家人上线。之后通过投影,或自制游戏等方式,与家人玩游戏。不仅如此,甚至有个别的网站就是为线上聚会而生。举个例子,著名网站GarticPhone就是为了让人们能在线上见面时玩游戏而制作的网站。该网站有许多的玩法与功能。例如,你可以选择在上面出个句子,然后别人按照这个句子画个画,再让第三个人猜想原句。这个看似简单的游戏的乐趣就在于,最后你会发现别人画的,和你的本意有时候毫无关联,甚至变得非常荒唐。因此,大家可以多多去寻找类似的游戏网站或软件,然后与家人开个线上会议一起玩。这样以来,你们既能一起玩耍,也能培养感情,同时消除疫情带来的顾虑。有兴趣的人快试试,再让我知道你喜不喜欢这个活动!

During the pandemic, many interesting and fun ways to interact online started appearing. This includes apps like HouseParty, which allow people to play different games and socialise online all at the same time without losing any fun. Another more commonly used app is Zoom. Although Zoom is a conference meeting app and not really an app for playing, you can use it to bond and have fun! You may ask, how do you use an app which is designed for work and meetings, to have fun. Well, let me explain!

Zoom is a conference app no doubt, but it is also what makes it the perfect app. On the platform, you simply have to open a meeting and invite your family members to join you. Through abilities like screen sharing, you can then play games with your family members. There are even websites out there designed for you to play online games with others. For instance, the well-known web page GarticPhone was designed exactly to play games online with your friends. There are many different modes on it, one which includes creating a sentence, having someone else to draw it out, and then having a third party to guess the original sentence. It may seem like a fairly simple game, but the fun and excitement comes as you suddenly realise that what others drew might be totally different from what your sentence meant in the beginning and may even seem ridiculous. As such, I encourage you guys to go find similar games, create a meeting with your family and play together. This way, you could play and have fun, bond with your family all whilst not having to fear the pandemic. Do try it out and let me know if you like this idea!

卡拉OK | Karaoke

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相信大家都同意,歌曲是我们生活中不可缺少的一部分。我们都有自己的偶像,都有喜欢的歌曲。甚至有人说,唱歌是除文字与行动以外,表达自己最真诚的方式。我也很赞同这些观点。不过,大家知道吗,唱歌其实也是一种培养感情的方法!你们还记得幼儿园毕业时,大多数的表演都与唱歌有关。这是为什么呢?没错,这就是因为大家一起唱歌时的氛围非常和与快乐。这样的氛围能够有效地促进彼此间的感情。

虽然新加坡的防疫措慢慢地放宽了,但我还是要呼吁大家在外时要小心,尤其是在大家都同聚在同一间房内。这样的密集空间能加快病毒扩散。因此,大家要记得把口罩带好,并且保持安全距离哦!如果大家实在担心,就让我教你们如何在家与家人唱K。相信大家都有一台电视或电脑吧?你们只需要上Youtube搜索你想要唱的歌或伴奏,将音量开大,随便找根棍(当成麦克风),就可以跟家人尽情地唱!别笑,我可不是在逗你们,这个方法是真的行得通的。另外,如今网上也有像全民Party这样的的K歌软件供大家使用。它就如线上卡拉OK,有不少功能。有兴趣的朋友可以去试试看!

I believe many of you agree with me that songs are an irreplaceable part of our lives. We all have our own idols or favourite songs. People even say that singing is the most sincere way of expressing ourselves apart from words and actions, and I definitely agree. However, do you know that singing is actually a way of bonding too? Think of your graduation performances (if any) from preschool. Most of them contained singing right? This is because singing creates a lively, happy atmosphere, suitable for people to bond with each other.

Although restrictions have been eased in Singapore, I’d still like to remind you guys to be careful and stay safe while you’re out, especially if you’re planning to go Karaoke and it’s a small room. Remember to wear your masks indoors and still maintain safe distancing (even if it’s not a must anymore). If you’re really worried, let me share with you a few methods on how you can still sing with your family without stepping out of the house. I’m sure you have a television (or computer) right? Go on Youtube and search for the songs you want to sing, bring the volume up slightly, find a rod-like item to act as a microphone and you’re good to sing with your family! I’m not kidding, this works. Otherwise, you can also choose to use online apps like Quanmin Party, which is basically an online karaoke application. Do check it out if you’re interested!

阅读与分享 | Read & Share

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大家冷静!先别抱怨。我知道今天没有太多人会看书、阅读,但我觉得这应该提一提。之前我提过,阅读最原始,最初的意义是娱乐。那么,要促进人与人(或与家人之间)的关系的话,就一定会有娱乐的元素在里头!你们永远意想不到一本书的世界有多么庞大。它的力量足够让一个人在关上书本的那一刻,嘴巴无法合并。有些人可能就会问:“可是一家人读一本书,不会很慢吗?” 其实,我的意思并不是指一家人阅读一本书。当然,如果家里有小朋友想把简单易懂的书读给你们听,也是件不错的事。

我个人比较推荐的方法是每位家庭成员读一本书,然后每个星期设定个阅读分享会或家庭会议来与大家分享。大家可以选择推荐一本书给对方,或分享自己对该书的看法、想法等。切记,这个方法的主要目的不是强迫你们阅读,而是要大家以家人的身份,静下心坐在一起聊天。如今在这忙碌的年代,我们多数的人都会在外打拼、上学、奋斗,但却偏偏忽略了家人之间彼此的存在。能够找到一个方法坐下来聊天,促进感情,是一件非常可贵的事。你们还在等什么?赶快去与家人讨论这个方法吧!

Everybody relax! Before anyone complains (and I know) that many people don’t read nowadays, I feel like it’s still a viable point. As I’ve mentioned before, the main purpose at the beginning of reading wasn’t actually for knowledge, but as a form of entertainment. If that’s the case, wouldn’t entertainment be an important element of family bonding? You can never imagine how big the world can be inside a small, tiny book. It’s enough to let someone keep their mouth open even after closing the book itself. You may ask, “Wouldn’t it be very slow if a whole family was to read the book together?” Well, I didn’t really mean it that way, but if you have a young child at home who wishes to read aloud to you, let them do it!

What I personally meant was for each family to read a book, then set a meeting every week and come together to share what you read! You can choose to recommend a book to each other or just share your thoughts about it. Just remember, the point of this activity isn’t to force you to read, but to create a space for you and your family to sit down and interact. In this fast-paced era, many of us are out there studying or working so much that we forget about our families. Being able to sit down and talk, bond with each other, would probably mean a lot and is something for us to cherish. What are you waiting for? Go discuss this idea with your family now!

结语

家人与亲戚是最不会嫌弃你们,也不会带有色眼镜看你们的人。无论是读书,在外奋斗,只要累了,就记得回家休息。当然,奉劝大家不要等到累了才回去。有空时,多陪陪家人,珍惜每一位家庭成员。时间不等人,岁月不饶人。没有人能陪伴你一辈子。但是,你可以决定你要花多少时间陪伴家人。希望大家记住这句话哦!今天就写到这里,咱们下次见!拜拜!

Family will forever be the ones who do not abandon you nor do they judge you. Whether it’s because of studies or work, if you feel tired, just return home to rest. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you only return home when you’re tired. When you have the time, accompany your family and cherish each other. Time waits for no one and the power of ageing doesn’t show mercy on anyone. Nobody can accompany you throughout your entire life. What you can do however, is choose how much time you’re willing to spend with them. I hope you guys remember this! Today’s blog shall end here, till next time! Bye!

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