Goodman Art Centre

25 Jul 2016 – Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market

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Formerly the grounds of the Tun Seri Lanang Secondary School from 1962 to 1985, then LASALLE College of the Arts from 1992 to 2007 (renamed to LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in 1993), followed by School of the Arts (SOTA) from 2007 to 2009, Goodman Arts Centre now houses the National Arts Council alongside a diverse range of tenants from the visual, literary and performing arts.

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Sun: all these happenings to the school happened when I was away from SIN. Have wanted to visit the location when Bro Joe was there. Somehow time did not permit and finally took the opportunity to visit the Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market today. Such a good idea to utilize this location in the weekends when there are no classes

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When Ting & KiWi were talking about how bad the market is for used containers at present got me to go take pix of Greenfield Modular Studios, or Block O which is constructed out of recycled containers into multi-purpose studios and project studios.

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There are so many ways to design and use these metal rectangular blocks if you have creative imagination!

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Togetherly Market is located here and the book exchange corner is a good idea. Would have brought some if I knew about it earlier. Thought of Denise at the Book Exchange Corner, where book lovers trade their books for new reads in a quirky fun way. Wrapping service is available for owners of pre-owned books and they may leave a personal note about the book for the next owner. In return, they may pick their preferred books based on these messages left by other owners.

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Brilliant and beautiful ways to display air-plants. Happy to have found some gifts here to take to Norway.

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Thank you to a charming young Dutchman, Iskander Walen for showing and discussing about some of his interesting works with this straight-forward senior:-) who is at present swamped with social functions and packing for my 2+months Norway stay. Unfortunately, unable to make  CAN! exhibition opening but good luck and well wishes to him.

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Ceramic Studio, still a working studio where I found a glass stirring stick which I like and would use, also within my budget, $8.

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The Great Singapore Garage Sales 7th edition (GSGS), nothing that interest me there but did enjoy the ice-latte outside!

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La Barca Ristorante – looks an interesting place to try where there is a kids’corner so that parents can enjoy their meal.

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Food Bazaar and Bric-A-Brac Fair – refreshing tea and the gyro kabab was tasty.

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Cafe Melba seems to be a popular place which serves wood fired thin crust pizza! Another place to try

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Wall mural and the space-bottle are more for the Y-generation! but to like these endless corridors and the 3D painting in La Barca Ristorante.

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Never enough with greenery when surrounded by so many concrete buildings.

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There is a bus outside here which goes directly to MarineC – very convenient especially when the rain started while waiting for the bus. Many of the overhead passes at the bus-stops here in SIN are with the cheerful bougainvilleas blooming on both sides, delightful to the eyes!

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down – Oprah Winfrey

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Mon: congratulations to Kiat who lead SBG to an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 and now CEO@Gardens by the Bay.

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Appreciations and tkx to ALL who are participating to make SGF 2016 into another unforgettable event at the Flower Dome,

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Market Place and the Meadow. Happy Birthday YuZhang! Do not miss out on these creative and exquisite floral arrangements. Last day to feast your eyes on them – Sun 31July.

Singapore Garden Festival 2016

23 Jul 2016 – SGF Celebrating 10yrs

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Wed: so it is time again to set up for the bicentennial SIN Garden Festival/SGF 23-31Jul 2016@Gardens By The Bay. And one my all time favourite displays so far is from SGF 2010@SuntecCity.

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Have been helping out the Orchid Society/OSSEA with their MOR publication from 1999-2009 and setting up with their 2003 1st show The Singapore Orchid Festival@SBG, now the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. For me it was the best orchid show in SIN ever!

After combining to be SGF, the show has not been the same and has lost some of it’s personal charm, despite the crowds. Appreciations to Peggy, Shelly and Calvin for these wonderful experiences and memories – 2006/OSSEA, 2008/OSSEA&SIN Shawl, 2010/IR, 2012/NA, 2014/CC and 2016/OSSEA

Thu: after US moves to seize $1.3b in assets of Malaysian fund, assets worth S$240m seized as part of SIN 1MDB probe…

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http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/probe-casts-light-on-several-key-players

The contrast to the above situation is me, where I get subsidies:-) Live within your means is what my father, the banker taught me!

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13770265_10153995900054900_5163288474625955382_nFri: TGIF  – Happy Celebrations to family and friends and all who are celebrating –

Mabel&Lawrence, Lily&Danny&fam, Melvin, Karen’s&Eugene’s fam, Chuan&fam, LuLu &fam, Chris’s fam, Ang Jack’s fam – enjoy the day and a good weekend to all.

Hope to visit again before the year is over.

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Between Clinton and Trump, who will be the next president and what is going to happen to USA?? Speechless and lost of words about these 2 candidates – time will show.

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Belated Bday celebrations for Chee Hoew with Ting Ting, Bev and KeeWhee@Sakunthala’s Food Palace***on Race Course Rd, Little India. Nice wall mural.

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Bought a piece of Paan but have not tasted it yet. Had durians, Kings of the Fruits for this season. Tkx to all for this wonderful evening.

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Good to see pix of the Amazing6 enjoying their reunion with their Norwegian family in OSL/Norway. Now the FaBulous5 are safely back in CAE, SC/USA. Pix credits to Linn.

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Last night at SGF Flower Dome – pix downloaded

Sat: Happy 5th Birthday to #5 James and 8th to grandnephew Lucas.

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Today at SGF Market Place where the OSSEA booths had more manpower than needed in tight spaces! Also being located near the door, the heat, noise and traffic there were just too much to deal with. Decided to call it the day.

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Finding Dory

20 Jul 2016 – Senior Moments:-)

Sun: such a pleasure showing off this local scene in SIN to people who appreciate it. Below 2 pix credits to Zarina.

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Zarina had a field day at the MarineTerrace wet-market, buying nearly the whole market:-) Tkx for being an interested guest.

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Tkx for dropping by Hannah, sorry that we did not get to the free-market but being outdoors in the crowds all morning was about all I could handle!

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Favourite caviar and mussels cooked to perfection by my bro. The Iranian Beluga grey caviar is delicious with blini and all the condiments! Alone without the condiments, it is so-so! Need the blini and condiments to compliment the caviar + a glass of good champagne. Appreciations to the family for another delicious meal.

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Mon: tkx to Mr Birch for lunch@Hong Kong Dim Sum Shop***Coffee@YaKun (my favourtie KayaToast place), tkx to Peggy. Introduced Pat to the Heritage Murals@51 Waterloo St.

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Tue: how could this have been 19yrs ago??? the day I gained a wonderful son-in-law. Happy Anniversary to L&J

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On the bus dark and early to meet with SY who accompanied me to pay respects to my parents@Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex. Was thinking how convenient it will be to have an MRT Sta there. Takes nearly 2hrs by 2 buses (with one change) to get from the EastCoast. Heavy traffic on the highway into town early morning and thank goodness the bus does not take the highway.

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Alas to learn that the constructions are indeed for the new Thompson-East Coast Line/TEL, there will not be Mandai Sta but there will be a Marine Terrace Sta which is good news for me.

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Tkx to SY for breakfast at the Nanyang Polytechnic canteen. Meals there are subsidized and a decent bowl of noodles there is S$2.

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poster-193x290AMK Hub to catch Finding Dory***@Cathay. Senior rates are now up to $5! In future, will try my best to remember to stick with the Lido cinemas as their rates are still $4.

Dory’s visual  is such a joy to watch, drawing on the deep blues and greens of the underwater. While not as dazzling as its predecessor, the film has still a colorful script putting an engaging spin on the issues of home and identity.  The story-line was not up to par with inventiveness of the animation, but still entertaining and enjoyable.

An afternoon meeting with Andrew to hear and listen to their plans for trying to develop a senior activity place@51 Waterloo St. Wondering when and if I will be like Dory, if not already there – lol:-)

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So, I stopped in at the pharmacy to look for something new
To try to fix this memory thing and my E.D. problem too
But, I got my Rogaine and Viagra pills mixed up back at home
I had hair growin’ real thick but it was way too stiff to comb… Golf Brooks

SIN National Gallery

16 Jul 2016 – World’s Largest Public Display Of Modern SE Asia Art

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IMG_3048Located in SIN Civic District, the Gallery consists of two national monuments (have never been and always wanted to even as a kid) the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall, and has a combined floor area of 64,000 square metres (690,000 sq ft), making it the largest visual arts venue and largest museum here. Above pix downloaded.

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The junction of these 2 buildings is quite an interesting contrast. Studio Milou Architecture’s design consisted of a linear draped canopy supported by tree-like columns to link the former Supreme Court Building and City Hall at the roof level. The design incorporated an extended staircase linking the basement to the upper levels, making use of solar energy to provide electricity. Fine metal mesh had been proposed to cover most of City Hall.

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The former Supreme Court

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A cuppa and a curry quiche! (had to try this fusion and it was quite tasty) with 2Japanese Friends of the Museums@Padang Cafe.

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Tkx to Yoshie for getting me into the Reframing Modernism exhibition also FOC for PassionCard holders! Being a fan of Chagall, wanted to see this before it is over.

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Harmony in Green/The Two Sisters by Le Pho, Portrait of Madame Heim by Robery Delaunay, Ang Pulubi (The Begger) by Hernando R Ocampo, On White II by VassilyKandinsky.

Wu Guanzhong Gallery do bring back memories from the SIN Shawl days!

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Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of Community Development, Youth & Sports was the Guest of Honour for The Singapore Shawl’s 4th Anniversary and to unveil the Wu Guanzhong’s shawl. Was there to help with the sales and the fashion show; presented my book 1st SIN AT Thru-Hiker to Mrs Yu-Foo.

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Random pix and my personal preference are his earlier works.

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There is only so much one can see in just one day!

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And only so much that I can upload here…

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This was a surprise! Liked this piece and usually when I take a pix of the work I like, will then proceed on to see who is by! Guess who owns this piece…

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Views of SIN skylines from the Aura Sky Lounge.

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Some of the eateries and all overpriced…

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More overpriced food@The National Design Centre/Tanuki***Yoshie, being Japanese, wanted her input about the food and she tells me that this is fusion, not tradition Japanese. Quite tasty and their drinks are good.

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Good to catch up with Seb@First Stop Food Junction, Block 261 Queen St, one of my favourite night (opens till 0200hrs) food joints in this area. Tkx for supper bro, even Yoshie (pix credits to her) likes SIN food! Crave for local food was satisfied for tonight and too late for food pix!

13734644_10208883638262357_1981414149_nBeen awhile since I have been on the go for over 12hrs like this – happily tired with no headaches. Alarm set and contentedly fell asleep until the bus arrived at my stop. Appreciations to Yoshie and Seb for putting up with me and for this pix→

Posted on FB so that friends will not be too shocked to see the changes – overwhelmed and touched to see the replies and comments. Just goes to show how often I post a pix of myself:-)

4753Fri: TGIF – woke up to this news and it is indeed a very sad Bastille Day for the people celebrating as well as for me – thoughts and prayers to all affected.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/14/nice-bastille-day-france-attack-promenade-des-anglais-vehicle

5184Sat: does one want to listen to the news? Why all these destruction and turmoils?? Can PEACE ever be achieved??? Usually will stay indoors during weekends to catch up with news, uploading of pix, updating blog posting etc, but today do feel like getting away from it all.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/15/turkey-coup-attempt-military-gunfire-ankara

 On Tuesday, the Thai printer blocked publication of a report in the International New York Times on the king’s dog defamation charges, the third time in a month that it has left a Thailand article blank, and the U.S. Ambassador to the country is being investigated over accusations he violated the strict lese-majeste law.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-rights-idUSKBN0TZ15C20151216

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At the rate things are going around the world at present, where can one hide to get away from it all? Is there any chance or hope for PEACE?? How did we get so messed up??? This is NOT what I have hoped, prayed and worked for my grandchildren or the future generation😦

South China Sea Dispute

14 Jul 2016 –  In This World Of Turmoil

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13285327_1214361438604628_260453144_nMon: the sky opened pouring buckets in the morning hours and stopped by noon. Picked up Recogen supplements@Ubi Ave 2, while the promotion lasts – S$62per box and 1travel pack free. This product was recommended to me last year, tried it out for a couple of months and found that it helped.

Did not take any while in the US and felt the difference and no, not easily physiologically influenced but more the opposite, a major skeptic!

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Since in the area, decided to get a suckling piglet@YanChuan Roaster****to celebrate life’s blessing. The roasted goods there are good and have been wanting to get one of these last year when I was picking up the supplements, but did not. Quite a challenge to carry piglet on the MRT, but where good food is concerned, everything is possible:-) Walked to MacPherson MRT, crossing a major construction junction on Paya Lebar Rd! Circle Line brought me right on to Bras Basah Sta and to share this yummy piglet with staff and friends@CC.

While waiting, talked to this person from Myanmar. Unfortunately did not understand his language.

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Posted the above pix in FB and to learn what this is – Paan (India), KoonYar (Myanmar) betel leaf, areca nuts (fresh or dried) and Chuna/limestone. Tobacco and colouring can also be added. It is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects. After chewing it is either spat out or swallowed. Tkx to FB friends for all their informative comments and replies.

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Tue: tkx Aileen for the introduction to Tunaki. Looks delicious but was not hungry, will return another day to try the food. The ginger drink and coffee were good.

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Still eyeing this lamp at National Design Centre, but at a price tag of S$385, can only look!

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Enjoy these local idioms, again at a price for those magnets and pins. Still need translation for some of them! Will just take pix unless there is one that I must have or one that I think will be an appropriate gift for someone.

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Aisha friend’s Hari Raya home-baked cookies are good – MukMur, KuehDahlia & KuenTart/pineapple tarts which is my favourite. Will try to remember to order from her next festival. Had a bowl of local Hokkien Mee@Asian House (Fortune Centre)***calamansi juice is good and refreshing there.

david-james-roach26-year-old David James Roach from Canada has been arrested in BKK for the the bank robbery last week. The stupidity of some of these young people really amazes me and a name like Roach, ouch! Downloaded pix→

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/standard-chartered/2949932.html

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HOTEL_WR_450x637_2LASALLE College of the Arts for Hotel Part 1*****by Wild Rice where this play explores the notions of empire, nationhood, migration and identity against the backdrop of a shrinking world.

Spanning a century, and performed over five hours in nine languages, HOTEL is a ground-breaking theatrical event highlighting the eclectic energies born from the collisions between the old and the new, East and West, tradition and modernity. Looking forward to Part 2 tomorrow night.

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Wed: above maps downloaded. The finding of an international arbitral tribunal, which ruled that China’s claims in the S China Sea are illegal. Beijing rejects this tribunal’s ruling. So what is going to happen??? Disturbing news – besides China & the Philippines, countries like N&S Korea are having some major issues, HKG&Taiwan are not happy with China, Japan has its own problems. Anyone who really thinks that all this is not going to affect the whole of SE Asia is having their head buried in the sand!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/12/philippines-wins-south-china-sea-case-against-china

_85683390_japanpeaceepaJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory Sunday for his ruling coalition in parliamentary elections, which came despite lukewarm public support for his economic policies and wariness over amending the country’s pacifist constitution…

If Japan is no longer a pacifist country and reacquires the military, what then??

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/11/japan-could-change-pacifist-constitution-after-shinzo-abe-victory

indexAfter 6yrs in office, David Cameron will resign as British Prime Minister following the UK’s vote to leave EU.  Downing Street is packed with reporters from across the globe to witness David Cameron’s departure and Theresa May’s arrival at the Prime Minister’s official London residence.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36778350

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Glad to get my mind off the news. At LASALLE College of the Arts again for Hotel Part 2**** and even if the world is a stage and we are all actors and visitors, life is not a dress rehearsal. You only have this ONE life to live, so live to the fullest! Hotel Parts 1&2, highly recommended.

Mural Paintings@Tiong Bahru

11 Jul 2016 – Including Everton Rd

IMG_2641Sun: Good Sun morning. Sharing this irresistible skyline colours before going to explore down memory lane where the extended LAM family lived once upon a time.

Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind… – Wordsworth

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Not knowing that there was a race going on today, bus#196 was detoured to Beach Rd instead of the normal route on Nicoll Highway. Was in no hurry and quite fun to be able to take pix of Haji Lane, Raffles Hotel on Beach Rd and a bunch of cyclists when back on Shenton Way.

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Not that clear pix from a not so clean bus window, but a good view from the upper decker of a double-decker bus down the CBD on Shenton Way where the barricades are in-placed for the NDP. 88c on a public bus (senior fares) and a tour of the city, now that is a good deal. Tourists pay $20+ to go on bus-guided tours.

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IMG_267839&40 Everton RdAmah & Barber is where 4thAuntie LAM PohKua+family once lived. Spent some weekends there as a child with them as 4th aunt did not have any daughters and wanted to adopt me! But usually after the weekend, 5 Temenggong Rd was where I returned to.

First time venturing back here since the late 1950s – used to be sensitive about this issue, but fortunately grew out of it and has turned the situation to my advantage by feeling so much in demand:-) Still counting my blessings when thinking of the old CHIJ Gate of Hope

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Provision Shop8 Spottiswoode Park Road. This area is delightful & interesting with the contrast of old shop-houses and new condos.

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5thUncle LAM TinYick+family, father’s cousin Auntie LAM KeiBik+family lived@3SingPoh Rd apt block. For cousins in Canada and USA who lived here and @Everton Rd in the 1950s-60s, wanted to capture some moments hoping that the memory can reveal more about the former 3 SengPoh Rd which was owned by the family then, now New Cape Inn. There must be some images of that old building somewhere before it was torn down. Will try SIN Archives again someday!

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The Bird Corner next to #3

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Across the road from the Bird Corner was HuLu Temple then, now the Hotel Nostalgia.

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Read a couple of days ago that Yip Yew Chong will be signing his Tiong Bahru murals. Today it took him nearly 2hrs to do some touch-up, the poem and the signature for Home@Tiong Poh Road/Eu Chin Street Block 74. Some Italians living behind that wall kindly offered a chair for me to sit and water for us to drink. Thank you Massimilliano, partner and their little dogs.

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Bird Corner, Pasar & Fortune Telling@Eng Watt Street Block 73 – did not stay to watch him sign these and he himself was not sure that he could do them today.

http://yipyc.com/ycs-mural-locations/

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Tiong Bahru means New Cemetery (thióng 塚 – Hokkien for cemetery, bahruMalay for new) is one of the oldest housing estates in SIN. The architecture and artistic residents here are both symbols of SIN cultural past and moving towards to the future.

13082565_1318206511530075_1092974838531912712_nStarted the day at 0530hrs and felt like the head was exploding by 1330hrs. Being outdoors most of the time except when on the bus to and from the murals is NOT a good idea in this heat for such extended period of time…

Also another reminder to myself that age is getting up and there are hardly any more trees around for shade or for climbing – not that I can get up those trees just because age gets up:-):-):-)

Heritage Muarls@51 Waterloo Street

9 Jul 2016 – Former Catholic High School

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Thu: heritage Murals by Yip Yew Chong & Yuen Kum Cheong@Campers’ Corner are now completed and they are absolutely worth the time to take a look. Both Waterloo and Queen St have much to offer. And while you are at 51 Waterloo St, do drop into Campers’ Corner for your best outfitter store here in SIN where you can also quench your thirst with a pint, a cuppa or a soda. The management and staff there will provide you with the best service if you mention me:-) just kidding!

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Ice Ball: brought back memories of The Ice-Ball Man when shaved-ice costed 5c for plain ice with syrup and 10c with fillings inside. If I describe the way this was made then, one would wonder how we managed to survive to be strong and healthy as we are!

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Use your imagination with the old downloaded above pix see if you can figure out how the shaved-ice was produced! If they are still using that concept to make it today in public, doubt that I will eat it…

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Beach Road Army Market & NCO Club: former Britannia Club (1952) was originally constructed for British servicemen. Like the Tanglin Club then, locals were not permitted there in those days! Today it is the chic South Beach Club housing several dining spaces and will depend on locals for their business!

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Odeon Cinema & National Theatre:  National Theater (1963) is no longer. Designed by local architect Alfred Wong, a close family friend. Attended some performance there once (must have been 1964-65, but unfortunately do not remember what performance) and remember being bitten by mozzy!

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The Odeon (1953), somehow somewhere back in the not-so-fond memory niche – Hayley Mills there in person to premier the movie The Parent Trap (1962-63). Being pushed and fell in the crowds surrounding by screaming fans might be the explanation to my phobic for crowds. The kacang puteh man is in the fond memory section:-) Above 3pix downloaded.

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Two Rails with founding father of Catholic High School, Reverend Father Becheras. Been on the train many times to then Malaya and still enjoy my train rides.

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National Library & MPH – besides the nice courtyard coffee joint, not much memory from here as I left SIN in 1965.

http://www.goingplacessingapore.sg/heritage/2016/Murals.aspx

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Fascinating and interesting talk on the Climbing of Denali (6,194m) by PheiSunn. Knowing that it is not my cup of tea, but still like hearing the experiences and seeing the amazing views and glad for a good turn-out.

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Nice to catch up and share stories with these outdoor and sporty people. Appreciations to Calvin & staff@CC for hosting it.

Fri: TGIF and that means I have been back in SIN for a week; the heat, humidity and time are still not in full sync with the body and mind!

v1.bTsxMTU0Mzc3MztqOzE3MDk4OzEyMDA7NDA1OzYwMAMe Before You***is such an uncynical movie that it almost doesn’t matter that it isn’t very good. A tearjerker chick flick, and despite the numerous cliches that plague the first half, this romantic drama has enough charm and warmth to recommend it, especially at senior citizen rates! A total sucker for a good romance, but the tearjerker seems to go hand-in-hand with those kind of flicks:-) The question is how does a quadriplegic manage to try to make those marks on his wrist???

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Sat: Linn&FaBulous5 arrived safe and sound in OSL and now the Amazing6 are together. Just looking at Linn’s pix gave the overwhelming feeling of being sooo blessed was beyond any words. How is it possible to feel so much love for the Amazing6 – made my day.

images1Issues with the screen on the laptop, but tkx to Leonard it is all OK! This guy is so clever and good with these high-tech issues; lucky with such friends.

After deleting over 1,000pix by mistake😦 tend to now overload pix in this blog and have paid to upgrade it to a Business Plan so that unlimited pix can be uploaded and stored here.

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13620042_673849816113980_2495499773935999979_nEdited with the below link and 3 above downloaded pix for the benefits of my overseas family and friends.

There was a bank robbery in SIN on Thu, and this robbery is only the 5th bank robbery or attempted robbery reported in the last 12 years. The bank is located@Holland V, also known for being SIN Bohemian popular shopping and dining destination for younger SIN and expatriates!

Thus this incident has gotten the brunt of many jokes recently, including this one titled Wake Up, SIN

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/manhunt-for-standard/2937336.html