Four Seasons Hotel

23 Oct 2014 – Followed By A Discovery Walk

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Wed: Happy Diwali to my Indian friends and to those celebrating. To those who are not aware, Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali or the Festival of Lights, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Pix taken a week ago, and no I am not brave enough to be there now. Nice to have a public holiday mid-week

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Wed: must have been 10+yrs ago since I last step into this 5* Four Season built in 1994 and renovated in 2008. Memory has failed me here as I hardly remember it. If I had a blog then, perhaps it  might have helped with the memory! Appreciations to niece Daisy who included me to their family lunch on this Diwali public holiday. Always good to catch up with family & friends, and with a family of my size, the fun is never-ending :-)

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Semi-buffet lunch at One Ninety**** was not your usual kind of buffet. The buffet-spread was the sides and dessert, actually more than enough as a meal. One can order a main to accompany all sides and the Wagyu beef was delicious.

Clement & I decided to walk this walk I have wanted to do for a long time. Tried to do it earlier this year but the stair-case leading to the Sheares Bridge from near the Sun-Tec side was barricaded. This time we started at

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Gardens by the Bay: over-loaded with pix from the Garden Festival posting – http://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/2014-garden-festivalsgf/

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Well-maintained walkways towards the satay joint and other food stalls.  Stomach not ready to taste this place yet! Another time.

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Marina Barrage: glad to see so many enjoying themselves and what beautiful kites! Observations for  the size of one of the kites tells me that there are some serious kite-flyers! Here is in memory to you, SG Gunn who was the founder of the SIN Kite Assoc…

http://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/memorial-service/

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Sustainable Singapore Gallery: pleasantly surprised by this new gallery and a cool break from the humidity! Another variation to selfie there :-) :-)

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Marina Golf Course

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Sheares Bridge: discovered where the parade floats hide when not in used! At last got to finally walk this bridge, and we had to cross part of  dangerous roads due to barricades at the end of the staircase when we got down. Tkx to a dear nephew for being such a sport to accompany me on this 5hrs journey with many stops for new discoveries and pix credits to him for the two panoramic shots.

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My doctor tells me to push myself and after 5+hrs walk from 2 days ago and then another 4hrs from yesterday, will that be considered to be pushing?? :-) :-) :-)

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,
Little Jackie paper loved that rascal puff,
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.

Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail
Jackie kept a lookout perched on puffs gigantic tail,
Noble kings and princes would bow whene’are they came,
Pirate ships would lower their flag when puff roared out his name.

Dragons live forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant strings make way for other toys.
One sad night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.

His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain,
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane.
Without his life-long friend, puff could not be brave,
So puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave –  Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow

Uncle from Canada/edited

21 Oct 2014 – Welcome to SIN 15th Uncle

Sat: trying to clean and to do laundry but that takes time with a small washing machine and lack of space for hanging.

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Welcome to SIN,15th uncle LAM Tin Cheong – father’s youngest full bro from Vancouver/Canada. Appreciations to Les&Ivy for seafood dinner. Yummy Black-Pepper Crabs, Bamboo Clams, Durian Pudding at Long Beach Seafood Dempsey Hill****

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Sun: LAM family Heritage from Jiangmen 江门 in Guangdong province in southern China for15th uncle and his friend Carmen to view.  My personal family chart is way out of date and has to be updated but will take time. Any members of the family are welcome to take pix of all these items…

http://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2009/05/10/happy-mothers-day/

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Discovered over the years since my first visit to the ancestral village, May 2009 and second visit in Feb 2011 that chasing this illusion would have emptied what I have saved to live until 70yrs. Also that it will be a thankless job. Tkx to 15 uncle for lunch at Glory***

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Got back to stumble upon Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong/吴作栋 at ‘Marine Crescent Gardens Residents’ Chit Chat Session. Mr Goh was SIN PM from 1990-2004, and also MP to Marine Parade GRC since 1988. Living here in this MarineP GRC, we are lucky to have Mr Goh who does his job well and keeps me wanting to live in this area. Now that says a lot coming from me :-)

Mon: someone must be renovating, a lot of drilling going on and now I know what it like for the neighbours when my renovation was going on in 1999! Decided to do some shopping at Plaza SIN to get ideas for an outfit for the upcoming charity ball with The Enchanted forest theme – maybe I should go as a troll :-) :-)

4a05ae3598_500x670_ce36cf9372[1]Watch The Judge***Hank Palmer is a successful lawyer who returns to his hometown to attend his mother’s funeral, but shocked when he finds out that his estranged father, Joseph, who is the town’s judge is suspected of murder. He sets out to investigate the truth and along the way, he reconnects with family he left behind years before.

Have always enjoyed the two Roberts’ acting.

I prefer rain -sometimes I feel sunlight will turn me to stone – perhaps I’m a Troll – John Geddes

Edited 22 Oct – appreciations to Lucy Tan for sharing the pix of Mr Goh & I where according to Cheng Chee Hoew – Should’ve asked for a box‘. If a box was within reach, would have probably stood on it so that Mr Goh can hear me better… hahaha

Thank you also to Chee HongTat (Chief Executive to Energy Market Authority), a fine young gentleman to 4 children (SIN needs more people like him!) for listening to my babble and taking time to even visit my place. Too busy talking that forgot to take pix of HongTat (another time round HongTat :-) ). When Mr Goh retires, I will vote GongTat for Marine P next MP ie if HongTat goes into politics… LOL

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Lucy Tan shared your photo.

  • Lucy: r you going to be his campaign manager? N end every house visit with, “the long and the short of it, vote for PAP”. Haha, just pulling your leg!

Me: I like Mr Goh in a public social situation. As far as politics are concerned, having to live in EU (20yrs), USA (20yrs) and SIN (on and off) does not give me a full pix to any of these countries. Being short of knowledge for the culture, language, social and political situations, I feel that it will not be ethical for me to vote for anyone or any party…

  • Lucy: “Being short of knowledge for the culture, language, social and political situations, I feel that it will not be ethical for me to vote for anyone or any party.”Haha Amy, if every eligible voter thinks along the same lines, then there would be no G! Anyway, jokes aside, I really think you are the ideal poster girl for successive active ageing. Also u were already a globalised citizen even before such a term came into existence! G should grab you to show how Singaporeans could be global yet stay so local. And an ageing population could be a plus if the majority could use you as their role model.! Jia you!

Me: Thank you Lucy Tan for your kind words. Will vote for you if you ever go into politics but am seldom long enough in one place, especially during voting times… hahaha :-) :-) :-)

CHEESE

18 Oct 2014 – For The Camera Person!

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Someone with a camera said ‘CHEESE’, and look at the result – tkx to May and her friend Matt for this share of my adorable youngest grandchild. Keep these kind of pix coming in, L&M. Olai’s humour made my day :-)

Mon: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to family and friend in Canada and to all celebrating the day.

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Tue: popped into H&H to say hi to ex co-workers and friends. Great to catch up with Lucy who was there for lunch with Peggy. Shaw Theatres Bugis has been revamp since my last visit!

dc0d27cd0c_500x670_095495a540[1]Laggies****Great opening scene with a wedding in SEA/WA/USA with some of my favourite glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad…

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Wed: early Bday celebrations for niece Patricia (I so remember baby-sitting her in Dublin!). Appreciations to Les&Ivy for delicious dinner and wines at Culina**** Those who know my bro will also know that he usually brings his own wines as most restaurant do not serve what he has is his own wine cellar!

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Good to catch up with Lee and SunSun. Nice that Kiera had company at her level. Just difficult to stomach that Kiera will soon be in Pri 6 and SunSun in Pri 1.

IMG_5826IMG_5845Thu: Angelina & Kiefer are safe and sound in SIN on transit to KCH. Kiefer will be 3 and could finished nearly a bowl of congee! Must be tired after flying from BRU-HEL-SIN. Pleasure to meet Petrina and tkx for the yummy AppleStrudel.

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Fri: saw Angelina & Kiefer off in the morning to catch their flight to KCH. Since I was up and about, decided to catch a movie at GV City Sq Mall, a new and unexplored territory! Discovered that this was the old New World’s location. Great, Happy and New Worlds were amusement parks in my childhood days!

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The Food Republic has a theme of shop-houses and is rather colourful and decorative.

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Today the setup for ‘Edible Art Movement’ in B1 was ongoing. Walking on egg-shells now gives me a complete different concept!

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Watching the artist putting the Doritos together reminded me of a Gingerbread House KK made when visiting us in Norway/1970s. The house collapsed slowly over the days! Wondering if this will happen to the Doritos animal? The SIN map is befittingly made of different rice and noodles!

MV5BMjE1Nzk2Mjk2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTE5NTYxMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_[1]Finding Fanny***Bollywood’s lucky mascot, Deepika Padukone is also a part of this movie where five Goans set off on a road trip in search of an old postman’s childhood love Fanny, though nobody knows whether she’s alive or dead or just a figment of someone’s imagination. However, the friends get lost…

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone? – Bertolt Brecht

Ebola Outbreak 2014/ongoing editing

14 Oct 2014 – Is Prevention Possible?

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The first known outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), was identified only after the fact, occurring between June and November 1976 in Nzara, South Sudan (then part of Sudan) and was caused by Sudan virus (SUDV), one of the ebolaviruses. A second outbreak of EVD caused by Ebola virus (formerly called Zaire ebolavirus) began in Yambuku, a small rural village in Mongala District in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (then known as Zaire).

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Virus strain samples isolated from both outbreaks were named as the ‘Ebola virus’ after the Ebola River, located near the originally identified viral outbreak site in Zaire. Perhaps since this was happening mainly in Africa then that the attention and awareness was not there. With the recent deaths outside Africa, the world now feels threatened.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26835233

http://www.ibtimes.com/updated-ebola-outbreak-map-virus-spreads-out-africa-death-toll-tops-4000-1703162

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Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other manuals caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start 2days – 3weeks after contracting the virus. No specific treatment for the disease is yet available. Can Ebola be prevented? First, do not visit the areas that have Ebola outbreaks and if one has to, take all the necessary precautions. Then by reporting if you or anyone are showing any of the symptoms.

Signs and symptoms typically begin abruptly within 5 – 10days of infection with Ebola or Marburg virus. Early signs and symptoms (seems similar to the flu symptoms! ):

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Weakness

Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Red eyes
  • Raised rash
  • Chest pain and cough
  • Stomach pain
  • Severe weight loss
  • Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
  • Internal bleeding

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ebola-virus/basics/symptoms/con-20031241

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http://www.straitstimes.com/ebola-virus-2014

All info and pix on Ebola are downloaded from various sites. It is such a relief to receive news from Kitty who lived in Sierra Lonnie is now transit in Ghana and will be heading to live with her family in the US. Stay healthy and safe journeys to them.

Outbreak_movie[1]I remember watching Outbreak (1995), and thought what if something like this really happens. Now with Ebola (thank goodness it is not airborne) on-going, I do recall some of the scenes vividly… ‘extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly?’ Do I want to re-watch this movie again to rate it today??

As the saying goes – prevention is better than cure but in this case, what happens when there is NO cure???

18 Oct – another death reported from Germany

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abby-norman/im-a-hazmat-trained-hospi_b_5998486.html

Happy Belly

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Thu: at the post office to discover that packages of laksa, curry and chicken rice paste are not permitted to be mailed. Such a bummer as these are excellent gifts for people from this part of the world who has immigrated overseas. Found a new brand named Happy Belly – cute name. Made totally in SIN and even has a pix postcard of somewhere in SIN. Oh well, there goes one of the gift ideas for mailing!

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Fri: at the market early for breakfast and then grocery shopping for the weekend. Early Fri and Sat early are the days where shopping in the wet market is fun when the produce and fish are fresh. Have to be an early bird as I am picky and only buy small amount! My regular vendors are accommodating to me when there are no crowds! Where can you buy just a few wigs of mint leafs or just one stalk of celery but here at this wet market.

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After a week, I need to make my own food and it is good to be with my regular vendors who are kind and helpful as I do not know many of the local names and just show them pix of what I want. Organic fresh produce for S$8 bought and washed before sunrise! These are organic for sure – had to wash and remove the worm-eaten leafs…

Thanks for dropping by for lunch Gel. Glad to see you feeling and looking better. Stay strong and positive and know that you are in my thoughts to be 100% the Gel I knew. Hope that she will get to see the Aurora either next year or in the near future. Tkx to sis Jo for dinner.

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Sat: Cape gooseberry, the Physalis fruit can be lovely for food presentation. Bought a punnet yesterday to discover that they were rotten. Brought it back to Parkway Cold Storage this morning and you will not believe what was said…

  • Me: I need to return these rotten berries.
  • Service person: you want new ones?
  • Me: I checked and they are all rotten.
  • Service person: so you no want this?
  • Me: thinking, duh! but said: would you want to pay for rotten berries?
  • Service person looking dumbfounded and said: OK return you money

No apologies, nothing. So wasted 2 trips to ‘Cold Storage – the Fresh Food People’ as they are known and NO comparison to the MT Market! The lesson learnt, if I ever buy Physalis again, I will open every berry to check or just stick to local produce in the wet market…

Either Cold Storage has no idea about the job of a customer service position or that our government has wasted our taxed money spent on courtesy campaign and probably both!

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A day of food preparation for Larry/USA, Richard/NZ, Louis/S Africa. Thanks to Chesper for his chicken curry+popiah and to Clement for sashimi+salad. The organic ‘NasiUlum Bug Attack’ was my contribution. Chesper caught me ‘bugging’ :-) A lovely evening was enjoyed by all.

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Sun: this haze is giving me such a headache that all I feel like doing is staying in my AC place and not go anywhere – have still to finish unpacking since my return! Difficult to even try scraping off paint in the bathroom!! Pix taken 1800hrs from the bus into town with a PSI reading of 100.

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IMG_5804Dropped by Campers Corner/Waterloo St and Chris drove us to their the new location for Marmot at Novena. On the way in the van, was wondering why these Indians were walking barefoot from Little India and turns out that it is the Fire Walking Festival.

http://www.hindu-blog.com/…/singapore-fire-walking

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Post Travel Blues

9 Oct 2014 – In The Haze

Sun: appreciations to Henry for dinner company. Congee hit the spot at MT Market, so conveniently located just 5mins walk. Thanks for the cupcakes Henry, and good to see him getting healthy and stronger every time we meet.

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Mon: public holiday and stayed indoors. Unhealthy PSI reading of 147. SIN is smothered annually in varying degrees by smog from forest fires in Indonesia, but seems like it is worse this year or maybe it is also that I am usually not in SIN this time of the year. Pix downloaded. Not about to be outdoors in the haze, and if I were to mask or deface the Merlion, will be canned and thrown into prison :-)

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Tue: at Mt E and watched a movie, not much to write home about but a good indoor activity like the bathroom scraping and painting project started before the travel and hopefully to complete before the year is over. Gone are the days when I could paint a whole house…

ea468bd564_190x272_bd79ad76de[1]Café Waiting Love**Si-Ying getting a part-time job at the Cafe Waiting Love coffee shop. She falls for Ze Yu. Meanwhile, A-Tuo, comes to the shop and runs into Abusi, a tomboyish barista who is the reason for his breakup with his ex-girlfriend. A-Tuo’s friends tease him and when Si-Ying stands up for him, the two become good friends. A-Tuo develops feelings towards Si-Ying, who only sees him as a good friend until A-Tuo decides to leave Taiwan…

MV5BMjkzNzQ2NDMyNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTY3MTcxMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_[1]Wed: Mt E again and since I am out, another movie and some Christmas shopping at Mustafa so that I can put them out on surface/snail sea mail. This Is Where I Leave You****When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

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Hello SIN & Oct 2014

5 Oct 2014 – Salam Aidiladha to all Muslins

Wed: was rather down after the goodbye hugs. 10mins subway (NOK 30 S$5) to the train station to catch the Airport Express 20mins (NOK 85 S$16 for seniors). Sitting on one of those reclining sleeping chairs at OSL airport arrival area to have a hotdog before checking in. Overheard this young sweet teenage boy humming softy the melody to ‘My Favourite Things’ from ‘Sound of Music’ did help a little!

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OSL-HEL with FinnAir, 1hr 10mins uneventful flight and thank goodness on schedule. Had only about 45mins to make the connection to SIN. Could not resist to do some shopping – Finnish designs is still one of my favourites.

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HEL-SIN 11hrs 10mins on a full flight. Somehow it was warmer than normal and could not sleep other than just short cat-naps. Watched some movies but do not remember what! Arrived on time to a hazy SIN on a Thu late afternoon. Stayed awake until 2100hrs and after that the eyes could no longer keep open!

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Fri: of course the jet-lag has to kick in and was awake by 0400hrs. Got to the market early in the dark ie 5am, when it is how I like it, peaceful and quiet. A yummy bowl of steaming pork congee from my favourite congee stall at MP Wet Market, now open in the evenings too! S$3+per bowl.

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Sat: dark and early and decided that it is confusing with 100s of FB Amy Lam, added SG, my Chinese initial – this is what happens with jet-lags :-) Those who think it is for SIN are way too young to know that in 1950 there were only B/W photography (pix of birth place and with my mother), and way before all the Hi-Tech.

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Bus service starts app 0600hrs and took one at 0630hrs to Old Airport Rd to pick up family’s favourite paus at Mui Thiang Kee Eating House’s Homemade Pau/Cassia Ave . The mini paus/bite size 0.60c each are yummy and perfect for breakfast or tea-time. Bought 72 for Les 72nd Bday! What else can you get for someone who has everything??

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Celebrating an early birthday for a dear brother. Thank you Les&Ivy for an exclusive evening at Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora**** located inside the SEA Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. This restaurant (windows reflections from our table) was fully booked. We were at the only table in front of the main tank with top service, wines and good food.

Was here in January but under quite different situations…

http://amylamsg.wordpress.com/…/30/last-day-for-the-snake/

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Lobster soup was good, the selection for fish was limited and after a month+ in Iceland and Norway with fresh fish, the Wagyu beef was delicious. Mont Blanc dessert OK. The champagne and wines brought by Les were excellent. Can easily get used to this but then, if the diet does not kick in soon, then the heart will probably kick out sooner…

Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed… I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself – Delia Smith