World’s Largest

30 Jul 2014 – Dome at SIN Sports Hub

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Tue: The SIN Sports Hub 新加坡体育城; S$1.33 billion 55,000 seater built on the original site of the National Stadium. Located on a 35-hectare waterfront site, Sports Hub provides a unique ecosystem of sporting, retail and leisure spaces. Ariel pix downloaded.

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Just a minute walk from Stadium MRT station, my favourite MRT station and what a view as you exit out of this station.

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IMG_4110IMG_4099This largest free-spanning dome roof in the world, covering 310 metres wide incorporates a moving roof, ensuring the stadium is protected from extreme weather conditions. The result is a stadium designed by DP Architect with an integrated bowl cooling system that uses less than 15 per cent of energy as compared to a conventional air-conditioned stadium.

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Looked like the roof of the dome was opened in the pouring rains to test the weather but my imagination runs wilder, expecting something or other to be shot out from the opening! Must ask Richard to photoshop :-)

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The hub is also home to a 6,000-capacity indoor aquatic centre with an indoor swimming pool, and water sports centre featuring dragon boating, kayaking and canoeing in the Kallang Basin. 41,000 sq m retail and waterfront area as well as a sports museum and sports library. Free entry to the pool until 17 Aug 2014 and will be testing it out within the next few days when it is still FOC and new :-) :-)

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Kallang Wave, another mall with all the usual retailers, eateries and a climbing wall which had to be shut down…

http://news.xin.msn.com/en/singapore/cracks-found-above-sports-hub-mall%E2%80%99s-rock-climbing-walls

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A lovely roof-top playground with a view still under construction. One comment from a concerned mother and grandmother, the railing and fence there seems to be on the low side. Hopefully it is just an optical illusion as this is taken at a distance. Knowing kids, they will climb anything and anywhere possible!

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Appreciations to SiongYin for being such sport to  spent many hours checking out this area with me. This was one of my old working grounds when working at Netball SIN  in the early 2000s. Kallang Theatre and old Indoor Stadium seemed deserted; the building on the river is now demolished.

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Leisure Park is still around but quiet. Lunched at Thai Express***the food court is under revamp and did not choose to stand in lines at the new Kallang Wave. The sky poured down buckets but there was no need for umbrella as all the buildings are connected  by roofed-walkways.

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game – Michael Jordan

CHIJ-CHIJMES Revisited

29 Jul 2014 – My Old School Grounds

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Sun: CHIJ Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (圣婴女修院) and convent quarters known as Caldwell House (古德威尔屋), my school grounds from 1962-65 and relocated since 1985. This complex of convent buildings has a Gothic-style chapel. It was used as a Catholic convent for 132 years, with Caldwell House constructed in 1840–1841 and the chapel in 1904.

The chapel, now a multi-purpose hall, is known as CHIJMES Hall (赞美礼堂). Gone are the days where we used to attend masses every 1st Fridays of the month in this location.

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 MRT offices have taken over the assembly Hall and the old classrooms near the chapel.

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Both the chapel and Caldwell House (now an art gallery), have both been gazetted as national monuments; Caldwell House was where I have been frequently summoned by Rev Mother for climbing the spiral staircases + many other reasons! And those are still my favourite spiral staircases.

The complex has been restored for commercial since the 1980s for purposes as a dining, shopping and entertainment centre with ethnic restaurants, shops and a function hall, providing a backdrop for musicals, recitals, theatrical performances and weddings.

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At present CHIJMES is undergoing more revamps and most of the little shops (as you enter from the Gate of Hope) have closed. More eateries and bars have taken over. This was the area where the orphans were and those memories + the memories from the CHIJ days are deep and will need a whole book if words are involved…

B/W pix uploaded from Convent Chronicles by 3 ex-CHIJ/Victoria St girls, Lily Kong, Lee Siew Hua and Jacqueline Yip.

Thanks to Clem for the dinner in the area that lead to this revisit.

That was life condensed in microfilm; every detail intact, and barely remembered – Lee Siew Hua

Mail A Coconut

27 Jul 2104 – Unique Idea From Another Cousin in HI/USA

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Thu: a nutty surprise arrived knocking on my door. So it is true about our nutty cousin Gary LAM in HI/USA. Appreciations from one nutty cousin to another cousin who shares my name – Amy LamCA/USA. This sure got my attention and now I would really like to meet Gary who is located in Molokai, HI/USA. Thanks to Amy for the nut and the pix of the nuts with our cousin Gary.

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With lots of nuts in mind, house repairs have to be done but still have to buy the Jotul epoxy paint. A mask proved to be useful with the scraping and sanding.  Feeling my age with this kind of work but glad that some minor repairs can be achieved. Gone are the days when the painting of the whole house did not seem such a chore then!

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MH370 has still to be located and now another MH accident with no surviving passengers…

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/24/opinion/cronin-security-after-mh17-dangers/index.html?hpt=hp_t5

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28460625

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The 7th or Hungry Ghost Month does not start until this Sun and what is happening??? 3 plane crashes within 3days. Deeply saddened by the news – condolences to all families and friends who have loved ones in theses tragic situations. RIP to those on these flights.

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Fri: lunched with Pat at Tangs Basement and she is recovering well from her recent major surgery. Bian Tan gave a good and educational talk on his trip to Raja Ampat & Arfak Mts/West Papua SBG at the Botany Centre which is one of my favourite gardens here in SIN.

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Congratulations to Albert nephew-in-law, another family member featured on Channel News Asia after bro Leslie. As asked by one FB friend to another – what is a 2nd Perm Sec and the answer – a very very senior civil service appointment! Visits with him from Jul 1996 in Taipei/Taiwan, Dec 2009 Canberra/Australia and Dec 2012 NYC, NY/USA. He married niece Patricia in Dec 1998.

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http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/two-new-permanent/1282750.html

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Sat: Urban Farm & Barn T-Party at Bukit Panjang Hill with Bev, Ting&CH, KiWi&Aya.

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An interesting concept to planting your own organic herbs and veggie. Rent a rack for S$50 per month, buy your soil and seeds and plant them here. Your produce will be ready to be harvested in 6-7days later. For more info check out -

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https://www.facebook.com/urbanfarmbarn

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Lucas’s Bday party at their new home with one of the most delicious chocolate cakes tasted. Pix not too sharp but difficult to focus with so many children running around or maybe just tired after a whole afternoon outdoors at the farm…

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Having Faith

23 Jul 2014 – Crossing this Life’s Journey…

IMG_3951Mon: had to run errands at IKEA and at the same time had dinner with Henry there. They now serve crayfish and not bad for S$5 with 5 of them in a serving. Saw this young lady eating them and when asked, she replied that they are OK. The teeth are not what I should be using to crack the claws with, so made a mess on the table using the handle of the knife to do the job. Good dill favoured.

The chicken wings there are a must!

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One thing about IKEA is that even though you have no intentions to buy anything, you usually leave with something or other! Have been eyeing this tray for a while but did not think S$40 was worth it. Today there it was at the As-Is article for S$20. With 2 bunches of dried twigs, 5 silk flowers (thx to Clem for the magnetic vases) and other small purchases standing in line to pay! Was approached by the same young lady (crayfish) to ask if I had a car.

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Thank you Faith for the ride and chat.  She does has a slight resemblance to the actress Joan Chen!

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Tue: doing some minor repairs like scraping off flaky paint from kitchen ceiling, bathroom floor and filling the gaps in the living room floor with wood filling. Made a smoked trout salad serving on the new tray. Walked to the MP market to buy a durian to reward myself :-)

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The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in NJ who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons and the music does bring back youthful memories :-) :-)

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Happy 3rd Birthday to my #5 grandchild, James. One of my favourite pix of him.

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Happy 6th Bday grandnephew Lucas. Appreciations to his parents for a delicious dinner at Imperial Treasure at Great World City****

To Faith, here is a quote for her!

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See The Big Picture

21 Jul 2014 – With Stephen Wiltshire

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Fri: from 16-20 Jul, Stephen Wiltshire will draw our skyline from memory live at Paragon as part of SPH’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Diagnosed with autism when he was 3yrs, Stephen is acclaimed for his astounding ability to draw detailed cityscapes from memory after viewing the scene once – amazing to be able to be in the audience this morning.

http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/british-artist-stephen-wiltshire-draws-singapore-memory-

IMG_3868imagesBus to Mandi Crematorium where these  Simpoh Ayer/Dillenia suffruticosa grow wild by the bus stop. Leaf are used to wrap tofu, tempeh, and other foods. The colourful seeds are more striking that the yellow flowers. Thanks to Bian for the info.

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Late lunch at AMK Hub FoodFare with SiongYuen/Charles and another of the ex-banking staff of the old family KLBank. Interesting to hear gossips from another era!

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Sat: Happy Anniversary to Linn&Jeff. Katy, Ellie, JohnW, Sophie and James are the smart and beautiful new generation after 17yrs :-) Am truly blessed.

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Art Apart Fair 2014 at one of my favourite hotels ParkRoyal on Pickering St – http://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/parkroyal-on-pickering/ on Level 14 with views of the  Pinnacle@Duxton stands tall, ready for the National Day!

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and the Presidential Suite where the Russian Contemporary artists were displayed. Another SIN Skyline by Studio 30 Lilia starting bid at S$18,000, anyone?? This art fair features 1,500+ artworks by emerging contemporary artists from around the world including -

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Kumari Nahappan’s ‘Point of View’. Her giant bronze chilli-pepper, Pedas Pedas/2006 was commissioned by the National Museum, the Saga/2007 at Changi Airport, the Nutmeg/2009 at ION Orchard.

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Giant Safety Pins by? Dolls by V Zhornik, glossy acrylic on canvas are by SionKhan/Korea and the glass sculpture by Orlina/Philippines.

Appreciations to Clem for lunch at Crystal Jade Kitchen***B2 in Takashimaya. Back to Paragon

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Sat 19Jul 1500hrs and the crowds were more than I could handle. Took a few pix of the progress and left. Drawing to be completed tomorrow 1700hrs but will not even attempt to be there. Stephen will be presenting the complete work to  Dr Tony Tan, SIN President and the crowds without a doubt will  be worse!

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Sun: breakfast with Lawrence at Changi Airport T3 which  is all set to mark Hari Raya Puasa celebrations. Safe journeys to him who is heading home to KCH via a few days in KL.

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SOTA with Audrey for the 2nd and last Piano Concerto Festival, works of Beethoven, Mozart and Rachmaninoff. Returned to Art Apart Fair with Audrey. Stanley Quek is now in oil on canvas by Tatiana – have known Stanley since our Dublin days and he looks the same since Dublin! Dinner in Chinatown with Audrey who is starting a new chapter in her life’s journey. All the best to her!

Past 2 weeks have been busy with more than the usual dose of arts and music!

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Was not at Paragon today but it’s done. ‘ See The Big Picture’ (pix downloaded). Thank you to Stephen Wiltshire for this beautiful SIN Skyline.

Sometimes you have to disconnect to stay connected. Remember the old days when you had eye contact during a conversation? When everyone wasn’t looking down at a device in their hands? We’ve become so focused on that tiny screen that we forget the big picture, the people right in front of us – Regina Brett

Piet Hein

18 Jul 2014 – Happy Thoughts…

Niece SueLynn tells me that when the mind and thoughts are not in balance, think happy thoughts. Thank you Sue and if not happy, at least with some sense of humour :-)

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Tue: at one of my least favourite places and this time for root canal. Replant for one of the teeth was mentioned but at those $$$$, the half full glass with or without the teeth will be the choice :-) :-)

Movies make me forget the real world for awhile…

7holiday201400_450_190x272_837b65eff8Walking on Sunshine***set to the music of popular hit songs from the 1980s at a beautiful coastal village in present day Italy. After a fast romance, Maddie is preparing to marry the gorgeous Italian Raf, and has invited her sister Taylor to the wedding.

Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor’s ex-holiday flame and the love of her life…

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Kind of neat to be able to see some of  the scenes after having driven across from CA-FL in the late 1980s.

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Following NTUC, Giant also now gives 3% senior discount on Tues. Just discovered that and for whatever reason there was a free gift when the bill totals S$30 an above for today. Quite a pleasant surprise and coincidently, S$31 was the total bill and this green blanket is added to my recycle gifts!

Wed: Watson had a sale today, buy 1 get 1 free of Watson’s brands. Have stocked up with body & hand wash, shampoo, dry & wet naps to last hopefully for the next few months, and all for under S$20. That will be my purchase for the 2014 Great SIN Sale :-) :-) :-)

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Thu: the morning sky opened and poured buckets of rain, much-needed after a couple of hot oppressive days but alas only lasted for a short while. Lawrence is back in SIN for a Rotary Function tomorrow night. Caught up with him for the afternoon and for dinner.

Fri: breaking news – Oh no! NOT again! Malaysian Airways flight MH 730 disappeared in Mar and still has not been found yet: http://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/flight-mh730/

This is just too sad for words and or images. Prayers and thoughts to the passengers & crew and their family & friends.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/17/world/europe/ukraine-malaysia-airlines-crash

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28354856

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Have been a big fan of Charles Shultz’s Peanuts and Piet Hein’s Grooks since younger days and still am. Both have the rational and logical sense of humour with their approach to life. Many may not know that Piet Hein is a Danish philosopher, mathematician and scientist. Will be quoting him after re-reading his Grooks, enjoying them even more as the years and experiences contributing to deeper understanding in life!

ZOOM in to the AT Photo Contest

15 Jul 2014 – More Like FB Supporters Contest!

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Mon: thinking that it was the last day of voting for the AT Photo, but not the case – seems like voting is still ongoing. Winners will be announced the week of July 14. As Garry said, this seems more tedious than hiking the AT! Since I submitted my entry, will follow it thru’ and do my best as I did when hiking the AT thru’-hike.

Tue: appreciations to JohnK in Ireland for informing me that the voting is now closed.

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This proofs that I do have good FB supporters and need not delete my FB account… LOL

The reasons for choosing this pix is that it is sharper than most in my AT folder, for the colours and the trail marking. The tagline to this Photo Contest was: ZOOM In to the AT Photo Contest.

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Agreeing fully with my cousin – ‘This is a strange photo contest. I have viewed all the entries and many of them are just awful photographs. The number of votes have obviously no connection to any artistic merit and whoever wins is the one who can mobilize the most votes from their friends and acquaintances. Odd contest indeed’Lam Kwok-Lock

There were a total of 324 entries with some decent pix but did not get any votes. Those 0 vote entries probably do not have any FB friends!

original_e6bc40018207531cbd28d123739081f7The winner of 1,589 votes ‘Rainbow over McAfee Knob’ by Mark M deserved its placing. ‘A brief but heavy rainstorm hit when my thru hiking partner Mot and I were within a mile of McAfee Knob. But when we got within 1/4 mile of the knob, the sun came out and the skies cleared. I got my first glimpse of the rainbow as I started up the approach trail and immediately started taking pictures. The rainbow faded quickly and this was probably the best photo of it.’

original_2e13837a2936e6e5f1bedd9b1cc688e5Not too sure about the 2nd ‘Kennebec River Ferry Crossing’ by Stephanie M with 1,480 votes! ‘Registered Maine Master Guide, David P. Corrigan waits for hikers on the bank of the Kennebec River in Caratunk, Maine–May 24, 2014. Between now and October 13, 2014 well over 1,000 Appalachian Trail Hikers will cross the Kennebec River using this ferry service.’

Whoever David P and Stephanie M are, they must have many FB supporters!!

original_c609bdca13eb2b77ab1eb520c41afbd33rd ‘Machoosue Ladder’ by Kadra C with 844 votes. ‘As an avid ultrarunner, my husband completed a 71 day thru-run of the trail in 2011. This section of the Mahoosuc range, just south of the Maine border, was one of the many places I was able to enjoy as I hiked in fuel and encouragement to him. The most astounding feature of the trail is the time and effort it takes to build and maintain rugged, steep sections…

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Would have voted for the above 3 pix if I did not have to vote my own pix! These pix show that they are on the AT for sure, considering that the title of this contest is: ZOOM in to the AT Photo Contest

Red Road by Peter/29votes – after a few miles past Palmerton mountain. It was raining and foggy, you can see my hiking buddy at the top of the hill, the lighting was just right to let the fallen fir on the ground come alive…

Almost Heaven by Dale/4votes – On the trail near Roan Mountain…

Five Below by James/1vote – Photo taken 18 miles north of Damascus, VA on January 4th, 2014. Let us just say it was cold outside. Camera: iPhone 4S…

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything – Aaron Siskind