Sun Yat Sen

4 Feb 2016 – Nanyang Memorial Hall

c703f581f7_345x518_e7fe26db24Mon: catching up with movies. Sportlight****based on true events as The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team of reporters uncover the truth behind one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions where a massive scandal of child molestation and sex abuse is covered up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.

These long-due issues are finally exposed but for some they are still too deeply buried to be able to resurface!

7bigshort_sg00_450_345x518_32d7d7f067The Big Shot***based on the 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis, the film follows 4outsiders who predicted the collapse of the credit and housing bubble in the mid-2000s, thus they decided to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.

Too complicated for my non-business mind to follow this movie!

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Tue: funeral service at Mandai Crematorium for Janet followed by lunch at The Chinese Swimming Club/Paradise Group****A lovely sea breeze at Changi Sailing Club to ease the souls after her sea-burial. May she finally RIP.

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Wed: tkx to Gel and Mil for lunch at Kotobuki***locate by the new Zhongshan Park in the Balestier area. A new area to explore here on another Heritage Trail.

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Appreciations to Mil for an informative tour in this elegant colonial-style villa, former Bin Chan house or Wan Qing Yuan, now Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall – not to be confused with Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei/Taiwan.

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And congratulations to Mil for the Certificate of Completion in the Docent Programme for this location.

http://www.nhb.gov.sg/places/sites-and-monuments/national-monuments/former-sun-yat-sen-villa-now-sun-yat-sen-nanyang-memorial-hall

072f3639c9_345x518_0401924be2The Dressmaker****based on Rosalie Ham’s best-selling novel, the film follows Tilly, a glamorous and fashionable woman who returns to her small hometown in Australia to take care of her ill mother. She takes the opportunity to transform the locals with her couture designs and at the same time exact revenge on the people who accused her of murder many years ago and caused her to be sent away.

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Thu: with a busy weekend ahead today is set aside to clean, decorate, tidy and prepare to welcome the mischievous golden monkey :-)

11016_10152825123600941_3775834746901653776_nTkx to Alonzo for this share. NO disrespect meant to those who are grieving or to those who have passed on. This kinda popped up timely after Janet’s passing and her burial. Perhaps it is her way to tell us to lighten up since she could not express it when she was alive…

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow…

Mary Elizabeth Frye

Portsdown Road

1 Feb 2016 – Hello Feb

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Fri: One-north is a 200 hectares (490 acres) SIN business park developed by JTC Corporation, formerly the Jurong Town Corporation, is SIN principal developer and manager of industrial estates and their related facilities.

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This is now part of Portsdown Rd with these new buildings.

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From 1950s-70s Portsdown Rd area was once home to British soldiers and their families. It is a small neighbourhood of old colonial-style houses surrounded by lush greenery.

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The path leading to the Green Corridor

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An interesting and unique place as it gives one a glimpse into SIN history of colonialization and gives one an idea of how a part of old SIN used to look like.

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Popular eateries like Colbar, Chuckwagon and Pietrasanta are located here. Did not get a chance to try these as they do not open until 12n and we were there at 1100hrs. Maybe another time!

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Appreciations to Chris who drove us to view more of these old colonial-style houses at Maidstone, Sandwich & Deal Rd. These were probably for the officers as they are single-dwellings, unlike those at Portsdown Rd where they are blocks of 4+units.

Condolences with thoughts and prayers to Peggy Tan for the passing of her sister Janet Tan. May she RIP.

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Sat: interesting talk A Lighter Side of History – Chinese New Year Customs & Taboos by Kuan Eng at NMS.

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Reunion dinners have begun so as to accommodate for those going away and for those who have parents and parents-in-law to take considerations to. Appreciations to Daisy for hosting and including me to their reunion dinner. Glad that the purple generation can still speak and understand some Cantonese :-)

Sun: Janet’s wake at Arthur Rd. We had ice-cream today in memory of Janet who so enjoyed her ice-cream. I recall that Ellie was going thru’ her tantrum stage when Linn&Jeff, Katy, Ellie and baby John then were staying with Janet. And I also remember Linn telling me that Janet was gentle and kind trying console Ellie with a teddy-bear.

2 Feb – Happy Bdays Cathrine & Garry

4 Feb – Happy Bdays Lawrence & Kurt

8 Feb –  Gong Xi Fatt Cai and Happy 2016 Year of the Monkey

14 Feb – ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day♥ ♥ ♥

15 Feb – Happy Bday Guri

16 Feb – Happy Bday Mike/ LOON

18 Feb – Happy Bday Henry

20 Feb – Happy Bday YatSoon

24 Feb – Happy Bdays Bjørn and Calvin

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HDB Common Corridors

29 Jan 2016 – And Common Consideration!

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Wed: cannot understand why people get all these stuff when they have no room for them? Finally someone doing their job, a big thank you to Yusof, a gentleman true to his words and actions. Maybe I should be happy now and let sleeping dog lie for the rest of the corridor??

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My next-door neighbour and I are still trying our best to keep the common corridor clean and neat on our side, but unfortunately must turn a blind eye to the other side of the corridor. Now that the staircase is taken care of, should I make more fuss about the corridor???

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Thu: ‘Mt Kinabalu Revisit’ talk at CC.

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Thank you to Uantchern Loh for sharing his experience climbing Mt Kinabalu/Sabah via the new Ranau Trail, which was built after the Jun2015 earthquake.

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App 30-40pp turned up to enjoy this talk with slide and video show. An informative and interesting talk with good recommendations as to how to hike this trail. Pix taken from the slide show.

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean – John Muir

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Vibrant and colourful day and night scenes from Queen St (the section before Bras Basah Road) and only just discovered a 24hrs decent eating place there.

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Queen Street is known for the many churches that line it. The first Roman Catholic church still in existence, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was built here in 1847 with the churches of St Joseph’s, St Peter and Paul and Our Lady of Lourdes following after.

The purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Along Geylang River

27 Jan 2016 – To Jalan Batu

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Sun: tkx for the invite to visit with Gel in her new flat. A lovely morning along Geylang River.

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crossing a nice overpass with beautiful bougainvilleas on either side over Mountbatten Rd.

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A fantastic view from the flat on the 8th floor at Jalan Batu.

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Lazy Sunday morning watching the dragon boats and people passing by.

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Delicious organic nut and seed cake but not a fan of the chocolate and durian cake. Like chocolate and durian, but not together. Read somewhere that there is a McD in NYC that serves chocolate fries! Somehow the idea of chocolate fries do not go down well together in my stomach.

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Sun:  tkx Chris for gifts from the Czech Republic when he was there for the Singing Rock training. House pix credit to Chris. The chocolate-wafer bar was really delicious. At CC to give a hand as they are quite understaffed with Calvin & co in Germany. While they are getting stuffed with pork knuckle, bratwurst and German beer :-) it was a busy weekend on the home-front.

Dinner at Jo’s.

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Mon: some quiet morning time to tidy up and to take in stocks.

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The only recent pix I have of L&M taken at Linn’s 40Bday 2014. Olai, the youngest of the grandchildren flock in his adorable mini astronaut bed-covers, 2016. Pix credit to May.

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I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for L&M and their families who have given me a heart full of joy – thank you, I am blessed. 2015 Halloween pix credit to Linn; Katy’s Bday pix credit to Cindy. Missing them and these pix cheers me up.

indexTue: Happy Australia Day – is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26Jan, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

Colleen & Greg dropped by at CC to return an umbrella and to say good-bye as they will be flying off Thu morning. Safe journeys to them and hope that they have enjoyed their visit.

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Wed: need some humour :-) on this ‘humpday’ with NO blasphemy, derogatory, ill-intentions or malice intended.

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it – GK Chesterton

Edited – as I was leaving CC last night, noticed a blinking police car on the road just a stone-throw from CC. Did not give it much thought until this morning when I was informed that some foreign worker jumped from a 24storey building and took his own life. Somehow the thought of that foreign worker painting the fence at the Green Corridor came to mind. How lonely, sad, desperate, etc some of them must be feeling to end their live :-(

Gillman Barracks

23 Jan 2015 – CNY Decorations@Parkway

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Wed: started new med, Xarelto. CNY greetings mailed. Met with Clem for early dinner at Parkway.

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Thu: a day at the former Gillman Barracks, now is home to 16 international art galleries, three restaurants and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).

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Interesting restrooms fitting into the tropical weather concept.

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Steve McCurry, my favourite photographer and where the idiom A picture is worth a thousand words really applies.

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I can so relate to the saying ‘The eyes are the windows to the soul’ here. McCurry’s famous photograph, ‘Afghan Girl,’ on the cover of National Geographic Jun 1985.

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Lunched at the Naked Finn***Good grilled baby squids.

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More eateries down the road and a covered walk-way to Alexandra Rd.

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IMG_8537At CC for the talk ‘Big Mountains on Small Budgets’ but with more than 100pp there, decided to hang around the back of the store with a wild bunch of monkeys high in training to welcome the monkey year :-) Appreciations for a fun evening. Safe journeys to Calvin & co who will be heading to Germany for the week.

Thank you Yoshie for the Matcha, chasen and chashaku.

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Fri: Happy 14th Bday to eldest grandchild Katy – how is it possible for me to have a 14yrs old grand-daughter??

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Families and friends in the Eastern US – keep warm in these freezing weathers and snow storms predicted in the forecast for the weekend. Those in HKG keep warm too. Stay safe everybody.

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/major-storm-to-impact-eastern-us/62576/

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/1903606/mercury-heads-south-hong-kong-low-six-degrees

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Scenes that caught my attention on the way to The Sail at Marina Bay.

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Thank you for yummy home-cooked dinner Zarina. Nice view! Appreciations to Michael for getting us together. Thoughts are with you, Micheal to get better.

Introduction to kuehs for12541162_10207581758954603_2257128472555643658_n Zarina – names of the ‘Bengawan Solo kuehs’ starting with the white one going clock-wise – Corn Kueh, Coconut Candy, Ongoi Ubi, KuehTalam, Kueh Lapis, Lapis Sagu and the middle round one is OndehOndeh.

http://www.ladyironchef.com/2015/08/guide-traditional-kueh/

Sat: Happy Birthday Yoshie! Had to cancelled the Postsdown Rd adventure. The mind is willing but not the body :-( Time to be realistic and find the balance of rest and play :-)

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Marina@Kepple Bay

20 Jan 2016 – Reflections & Memories!

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Mon: welcome cousin Colleen and Greg from USA. Brunch at Raffles City Food Place.

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Marina@Kepple Bay is a first-time experience for me. This is the area I thought I was familiar with after growing up there for 15yrs in the 1950s, but the habour front is now completely alien to me!

IMG_8359The background hills were my childhood playgrounds where Mt Faber can still be seen! Fond memories with cousin Wilki where I probably first learnt to enjoy natural lush greenery and a perfect place to hide from family dramas!

Today, it is built to station the cable-cars with fancy eating and drinking venues. And of course shops as shopping is certainly an important past-time for many!

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Luxury waterfront and urban lifestyle with fancy condos, yachts, sailboats, clubs, etc for the rich. A total contrast from the childhood days where one can take a 10cents-S$1 ride on the bumboats from the former Gate9 to the outer islands.

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Reflections@Keppel Bay is a 99yr leasehold luxury waterfront residential complex with 1129units on app 84,000m² of land, 750m of shoreline was completed by 2011. And YES they are not straight and NO, I have not had any shots when taking these shots :-)

Tue: an evening in Chinatown for Colleen to feel the ambiance of the pre-CNY crowds, taste frog-legs and durians. No intentions to be down there again until after the CNY. Smooth & safe sailing to them and will catch up again after their sailing trip.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young – Henry Ford

Japanese Tea Ceremory

18 Jan 2016 – The Sweetest Bus-Ride Ever

Sat: went to bed before 22hrs last night and did not get up until 0830hrs this morning! Must have been tired after the 25K walk!! Surprisingly no aches or sores, must be because of the flat terrain.

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Appreciations to Yoshie & friends for an elegant Japanese T-Ceremony hosted by CC. Tkx to Lucas for a taste of this fine sake.

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The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (抹茶), powdered green tea. The presentation and elegance of this ritual always fascinate me. Fond memories of my first Japanese T-Ceremony which was introduced to me by Hiroko in Tromsø/Norway once upon a time…

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Tkx to Clem for dinner at Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill***plenty of food (enough to doggy-bag home to feed me all day tomorrow :-) but the service has more room for improvements. Nice to catch up with grand-nephews Stanley and Darryl. Amazing that one is in the army and the other starting his Polytechnic Education. Seems like yesterday that I visited Daisy in the hospital when Darryl was born.

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What a delightful ‘sweet journey’ on the bus. Usually would have taken #36 from Regent Hotel but decided to take #16 from Orchard B to accompany Stanley making sure that he gets off at the correct stop. Got off with him at Great World City to change to #75 (16Jan around 20.30hrs heading towards CBD)  with such a courteous and nice bus-driver making this the sweetest bus-ride ever. Tkx for the lollipop, made my day.

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Certainly more light in a glass shoe, but what about enlightenment?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35320373?SThisFB

Tkx to Clem there is still yummy food from last night to last for today. Time to snooze in the rains and more laundry to be done.

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2005 AT/USA, 2012 MacLehose/HKG, 2013 C2C/UK, 2016 GreenCorridor/SIN

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks – John Muir