Hello December 2016

2 Dec 2016 –  Thanks & Farewell November

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Tue: Happy 10thBday JohnW, the only one of my 6grandchildren born in SIN. Amazing that #3 has now also reached the age when he can count his age in 2digits!

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That time of the year again!!! Things to be boxed and wrapped and things out of boxes to be placed – 1st Christmas lunch starting 8Dec. Could not find the Advent wreath and candles, probably gave them away and forgotten about it or to whom?? Will have to do without one!

cff338c45c_345x518_fd672c4d47Lulu The Movie***is a popular character from Michelle Chong’s comedy sketch show The Noose. Coming from mainland China, Lulu who used to be a KTV hostess now works in SIN.

The movie follows the adventure of Lulu who has a distinct Chinese accent trying to converse in English in SIN. The exaggerated and overemphasized of the accent can be more annoying than funny at times!

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Wed: Happy Bday to cousin Chai in Toronto. 0900hrs appointment at MtE to get over with it. Shopping early to beat the crowds at Daiso@PlazaSIN for last minute Christmas mailing stuff and gift wrapping. Appreciations to Peggy for lunch at New Green Pasture Health Food Trading****@Fortune Centre, one of my favourite vegetarian places but the prices have also gone up!

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Thu: do like the snow-furries in the blog for the holiday season! Today starts the countdown of Advent (decided to put up 2! ) and my calendar says Cảm ơn/Komomen (Vietnamese). Thankful to Aileen & Raymond for their help to get 2016 Season’s Greetings ready so that they can hopefully be in the snail-mail asap!

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Fri: TGIF – yes yes yes burning the mid-night oil last night to get most of the greetings in the mail today and the village is in its place on the piano.

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On to gift wrappings over the weekend and hopfully the creative ideas will just flow in, unlike the memory where things are flowing out, mis-placed or gone🙂 But still நன்றி Nandei (Tamil) thankful to the beautiful and simple life in life – like the Bougainvillea which are found abundantly in SIN, on highways like the ECP, overhead bridges, etc…

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13 Happy Bday Ingrid HUSTAD

14 Happy Bday LAM Cheng Chwab

16 Happy Bday Andy LAM

23 Happy Bday Minos LAM

25 Merry Christmas

27 Happy Bday Lisa XIAO

28 Happy Bday Peggy LEUNG

National Gallery 1st Anniversary

28 Nov 2016 – Free Movie Screening on the Padang

img_3054img_3119Fri: TGIF. Was at the polyclinic and the wait was 2+hrs. Since it was not a matter of life&death, 2+hrs was not worth the wait.  The trip to Journey East also went down with the buckets of rains. Had the good company to Gel in the comforts of my own 4walls! Sandwiches/Japanese style & gravlaks with a bottle of red.

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Sat: back to the polyclinic at 0800hrs and was in and out within an hour. Tkx to Calvin@CC for the Blackdeer folding chair (made in China) which saved my back! Left my other folding chair in the US to save my back when I am there. 

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Homecoming (离人)***documentary screening at the Padang featured interviews and stories from people who have moved out of Pulau Ubin onto the mainland but can’t keep away from island, and those who have made it home after moving from SINmainland.

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National Gallery 1st anniversary celebrations with colourful light-show.

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Down memory lane to catch the bus on Esplanade Dr. Used to run and played around TanKimSeng fountain when father took me to Elizabeth Walk/伊丽莎白女皇道 and the Satay club here in the 1950s.

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Sun: 1st Sunday Advent. Tkx to nephew Clem for lunch with nieces Judy&Daisy and sis-in-law, Kit at SoupRestaurant@Vivo, my favourite locations of all the SoupR if you are lucky to get the sea-view table. Pleasant surprise to bump into Aileen, Alan & their lovely children Jeremy, Alexandria&Chloé.

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Tried to do some shopping@IKEA on a Sunday is worse than pulling teeth for me – was I out of my mind??? Discovered Taiwan shaved-ice@Anchorpoint, but still prefer those@MeiHeongYuen.

img_3110Was in this area to pick up some snacks from bro Steven whose memories and many of his issues are getting the better of him – how very sad. On the way to the bus with the the beautiful sun setting, more peaceful thoughts about SIN being the few places where it is possible for ppl to worship different religions side by side in harmony – here is a Christian Church next to an Indian temple.

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Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake – Persian Proverb

After the posting you can be sure that I will be opening my one and only door VERY slowly and carefully…

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Appreciations to Seb for fixing the browser problem here, otherwise unable to update and edit postings! Tkx to Calvin for dinner with suppliers from Czech Republic and Italy who are in SIN for the OSEA2016 International Conference.

Thanksgiving 2016

24 Nov 2016 – Thanksgivings Past and Present

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Mon: safe journeys home to Toronto/Canada Yun – do not wait for another 8yrs before your next visit. While SIN Changi airportT2 is preparing for Christmas, I am still hiding behind the masks at T3

Tue: coughing so badly and feel like my whole rib-cage is breaking.  Everything had to be rescheduled and cancelled for today.

Wed: cleaning, washing and tidying away linen, towels etc after 1 month with visitors staying over. 2 lousy night sleep does not help with the efficiently.

Thu: a better sleep last night, but still not enough. Happy Turkey Day. Was reflecting back the Thanksgivings since this blog started –

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2008 – SIN Thu 28Nov. With May visiting, International Buffet including roast lamb and durian (hosted by Les&Ivy) the night before Kat&Greg’s wedding. Have not spent a Thanksgiving with May since!

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2009 – SIN Thu 26Nov. Made roasted quail dinner served with a Beaujolais Nouveau 2009 for AmyR who was on crutches.

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2010 – SIN Thu 25Nov. made dinner for Les&Ivy, Angelic&Paul & KK. Tkx to Les for a dry white Kistler, a wonderful red from the Harlan Estate and how appropriate to celebrate an American occasion with 2 American wines. Condrieu dessert wine/French was just as complimentary to the Italian dessert. According to bro Les, Beaujolais Nouveau  is more a Ribena (black currant juice) than a wine🙂 My family&I like it and we have always enjoyed it with our Thanksgiving turkeys since our days in USA. Thus no Beaujolais Nouveau 2010

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2011 – SIN Thu 24Nov. Yummy turkey dinner complimented with cranberries and butter-squash soup  by Kat&Greg. 4 generations together giving thanks. Again no Beaujolais Nouveau 2011, tkx to Les&Ivy for hosting this lovely evening.

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2012 – SC/USA Thu 22Nov.  Dinner made by Linn&family celebrated with the Looneys and also the last Thanksgiving@Sandstone Dr. Bye-bye to L&M’s childhood table and chairs.

2013 – SIN Thu 28Nov. At CC but did not celebrate and that explained why no Beaujolais Nouveau 2013

2014 – SIN Thu 27Nov.  Watched a cheesy movie Maps to the Stars** Did not celebrate, but still a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 to mark the day!

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2015 – Japan/Suburbs Of Ayabe Thu 26Nov. Tasted the best mackerel sashimi with my 2 oldest friends PP&KK and also a celebration to our 60yrs of friendship. unable to find any Beaujolais Nouvea 2015 in this area!

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2016 – SIN Thu 24Nov. Not your traditional Thanksgiving dinner except for the wine🙂 Thankful to Peggy for a yummy dinner and grateful to meet up with 1962CHIJ classmates Angela, PatChee, Rebecca, especially Winnie who is visiting from CA/USA and PatThum not from my class.

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Shared the Beaujolais Nouvea 2016 with anyone willing to drink with me! Peggy, Rebecca, KS were a sport to have a sip while PatT&I finished the bottle🙂

Beaujolais Nouvea history since 2009…

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Beaujolais Nouvea 2009, 2012 (pix credits to Linn)

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2014, 2015 (pix credits to Linn) & 2016 (tkx to Yun for the 2016). Pix from 2014&2016 got me totally confused as they are taken from the same spot but different years! Just shows what age and time can do to one’s mind🙂

Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have – Catherine Pulsifer

Early Thanksgiving

20 Nov 2016 – Welcome Cousin Yeng From Vancouver

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Fri: TGIF – walked to Marine Cove/EC Pk for brunch, good MeeSiam at Hill St Coffee Coffee Shop****

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CBD for banking and shopping. Ocean Financial Centre –  like the fish mural. Spanning a total area of 2,125.56sq m, this garden previously held the Guinness World Record for the largest vertical garden in the world. Needs some maintenance to show that it is shaped to the world’s map!

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Suntec/Fountain of Wealth, ACM, LauPatSat/BoonTatSt for satay, local cockles(see-hum), kangkong/Ipomoea aquatica, sting-ray and yummy chicken-wings dinner.

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Continued to Chinatown by DowntownMRT to MeiHeongYuen for Taiwanese shaved-ice, tkx to niece and nephew.

Sat: lunched with 4sis-in-law and visited bro Steven@Bukit Merah – tkx to DaisyLam. Been while (about 30yrs ago) since I  was last here@Jelita Cold Storage where PizzaHut was once located and now replaced by Delifrance.

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An early Thanksgiving dinner before Yun takes off. Appreciations to Annie&Neo at their beautiful home for getting together 13aunt&uncle (who had to leave early), 16aunt, 18aunt&uncle, cousin Yeng (welcome back to SIN from Vancouver/Canada) and Ai-Ling&fam.

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Yummy hotpot with the best varieties of meats and fish and Veuve Clicquot bubbles to top them off. Yellow DragonFruit (sweet and tasty, unlike the taste of the ones with red-skin) and durians, king of fruits without a doubt! Ending the evening with the perfect nightcap of Glenlivet XXV Single Malt before crashing to bed.

A good gulp of hot whiskey at bedtime—it’s not very scientific, but it helps – Alexander Fleming

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Sun: welcome Winnie from CA/USA who arrived yesterday – again@Marine Cove, enjoying the Hill St Laksa, MeePok and MeeSiam. Glad that they got caught up now as they last met 43yrs ago in 1973.

A quiet and light dinner tonight for Yun before flying back to the winter tomorrow!

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Short Stay

17 Nov 2016 – @MBS Guiding In This Area

With thanks and appreciations to cousin Annie&Neo for this entire posting.

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Tue: @Outram Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha***Keppel Rd for yummy bak kut teh. Been awhile since I was there.

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Was entertained with Chinese music by a group of young lovely ladies@MBS Lobby Tower1.

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Was totally impressed watching Annie with her glass-beaded handcraft, blessed to be presented with with one of her exquisite necklaces a few days ago.

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Sky on 57 by Justin Quek****MBS Hotel. Yummy fusion fine dinning with a view. Salad with Truffle vinaigrette, Char coal Grilled KagoshimaA5Wagyu Sirloin, Laksa, Wok-fried Maine Lobster Hokkien Noodles and Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao.

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The SuperMoon finally showed its face tonight high above but besides being big and bright, not sure as to where and how super it is? Perhaps the city lights overwhelmed the natural super part of it…

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Wed: breakfast with a view@Club55 MBS Hotel with a view to East Coast Pk and thinking about the 7k walk by the sea! Good smoked-salmon.

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Enjoying the super presentations of the variety of foods and T-places and The Shoppes MBS Food court (the most expensive food court in SIN).

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A short walk at the infinity pool and  to and on the Super-trees@Gardens by the Bay to be back at the hotel in time to meet Yun’s cousin Emily&Lim from her maternal side.

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Dinner@Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine****a part of The Shoppes@MBS. 8 courses+desserts – Peking duck (their signature dish), beef, chicken, fish, noodles, prawns, tofu and the best soup made from pork and seaweeds – tkx to Annie and fam.

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The Hurricane Water Feature is unfortunately closed for  maintenance but the Light show was well-received.

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Thu: breakfast@Adrift MBS Hotel. Smoked-salmon here not as good as Club55. Laksa and dim-sum OK, but quite a novelty way to serve honey!

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More maternal cousins for Yun to catch up with and after such a breakfast, could only handle a few spoonfuls of mango-pudding. If I continue eating like there is no tomorrow, there will be to tomorrow. Yun is heading to the Gardens with Emily while I head back to MBS to update here.

And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven’t yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food? ~Bill Bryson

Foods to Die For

14 Nov 2016 – Thanks To Les & Ken

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Sat: Beach Rd with the nearly completed Duo (residential, offices, retail, hotel) – a contemporary twin-tower integrated mixed-use development with Parkview in the background. Blanco Ct PrawnMee  is a must when in this area!

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Wall-murals@corner of Beach Rd and Haji Lane.

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Haji Lane – this charming tiny lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter, is a fashionista’s paradise. The collection of narrow colourful trendy shop-houses are many Kodak moments for those who can appreciates this.

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Arab St – like hanging around to window shop – Yun managed to get a few things here.

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Sat: walking towards OUE on this beautiful moonlit evening. Tkx Yun for the pix in the elevator.

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Tkx to Les for gathering a small family group (Les, Yun, myself, Lee, Yasmine, Daisy and Darryl – with 3generations) for fine dining with a view at ME@OUE*****

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Starters with Sashimi, Spanish Ham and their Squid ink brioche followed by a main of Côte Du boeuf, sautéed mushroom, mashed potatoes with arugula.  Château Latour 1986 brought by Les – a meal fit for those who know how to appreciate good international foods!

Japanese say Americans are lazy. HA!! At least we cook our fish!

How can you expect to govern a country that has 246kinds of cheese – C de Gaulle.

Note to self: Alcohol based marinades and gas ovens SHOULD NOT BE COMBINED…

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Sun: seafood to die for – tkx to Ken&Cynthia at Crab@Bay548 Macpherson*****

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Two of their signature dishes, Crab BeeHoon and Guinness SpareRibs (you would think that only the Irish knows how to use their national drink… lol ) are a must.
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Salted-egg salmon skin ( a more than perfect snack with a glass of good bubbles), and clams (Bamboo/Razor and Lala clams (啦啦)  are delicious.

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The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends – to DIET is to DIE without the T.

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Walked for 3hrs this evening hoping to see the Super-Moon, but the clouds were just too much for the moon to even peep thru’. Instead stumbled upon Lion&Dragon dances on the East Coast Pk evening walk.

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Can someone plx tell me what the burning of a paper boat and sending it out to sea is about???

Edited 28Nov: 15th of the 10th Moon is also the day when the Taoist prays to the Shui Guan (Official of the Water, literal translation) tkx to Victor Yue from the Heritage Society/Bukit Brown.

Welcome #29

12 Nov 2016 – To The Purple Generation

Mon: welcome to the world #30 Eliot Yihua Lam-Tribbe – born on Mon 7Nov, weight 7lbs 13 oz to Kat&Greg.

img_2363img_2542Mailed off Flat Stanley + Gardens By The Bay brochures back to Perth/Australia, a project PP’s grandson is doing for his class.

Flat Stanley will just have to be satisfied with one location, did not have the energy to do more! Tkx to H&H for the colour print-out.

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VivoCity with the newly renovated Kopitiam, also jacked up with new prices – a bowl of Beef Vietnamese Pho for S$6+

583e82f98c_345x518_5e76fcc95dWatched Tsukiji Wonderland****a documentary film about the famed Japanese fish market which spotlights Japan’s food culture and hundreds of intermediate wholesalers in the market who devote their lives to procuring the finest, most desirable seafood. The film preserves on screen the fish market that has been operating for about 80yrs and according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, offered more than 400 types of seafood, with a total market value of about ¥1.6bil (around US$15.8 mil) a day in 2014.

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Tue: pick up food here and there in the East for dinner today. Les famous mussels and caviar, 3 different kind of roasts, Salt-baked chicken and 2 veggie dishes was more than enough food for 10ppl. Forgot pix until dessert – Henri Charpentier cheese cake (the best I have tasted so far) from Ai-Ling, more cheese cakes from Sue and local fruits from me.

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Wed: 9-11; 11-9

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img_2553Breakfast@Blk51, 132TeoChiewNoodle first before leading Yun to the Courts of Hell@HawPaVilla!  These courts are so gruesome to be posted that they are now placed in a tunnel of their own. Much of the sculptures in the whole park are under maintenance and they sure do need a new layer of paint.

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img_2617img_2621Since we were in the area, a short rest@The Norwegain Seamen’s Mission, 300 Pasi Panjang Rd for a Solo and to pick up some kransekaker. The Peak@Balmeg Hill must have the biggest pool I have seen in a condo-complex, tkx to Pauline, Tama, Ruben & Eva for showing us their lovely condo.

Tkx Yun for KoreanBBQ dinner@JuShinJung@West Coast Rd with interesting napkins. Must get myself some of these.

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Thu: Yun’s MGS reunion. Tourist guiding up stairways to heaven via 3-storey high boots with Alice & Yun@Orchard Central after her reunion lunch.

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Lovely evening stroll with the finger 🙂 Appreciations to Gene&staff@CC for fitting Yun with a pair of walking Chaco. Great to catch up with Jenny&Bill after 15+yrs! Tkx for good dinner company@First Stop Food Junction/261 Queen St with Yoshie.

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Fri: TGIF a good weekend to all. Located amidst lush greenery at the top of Bukit Panjang Hill is Urban Farm & Barn a secret hideaway in SIN. Tkx TIngTing for a wonderful tour and a taste of her top-class fresh herbs&produce+special unusual edible flowers. No wonder places like Odette*****buys from her!

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Cranberry Hibiscus ( (aka False roselle, African rosemallowHibiscus acetosella) is a striking and colorful plant with red leaves that resemble. Mexican tarragon (Tagetes lucida Cav) used as a medicinal plant and as a culinary herb. The leaf have a tarragon-like flavor, with hints of anise. Okinawan spinach (edible gynura), is a member of the chrysanthemum family.

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Edible flowers – Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) such a delicate flower. The yellow Cucumber flower, about an inch in diameter with a bit of cucumber flavor.

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PUB is entitled to draw 250 mil gal of raw water daily from the Johor River under the 1962 Water Agreement with Malaysia (expiring 2061). In exchange, SIN is obliged to sell 5mil gal of treated water to Johor each day – ST 18Jul2016.

The only exposing water pipelines to and from JB can be seen here – 3pipes bringing the water in and 3pipes out. Thus no buildings or tree are permitted on these green paths.

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Tkx to Ting for letting us tag along to Sentose for her delivery. Interesting to see how it is possible to grow her produce in Mars. When TingTing’s herbs&produce + coconut trees can grow in Mars, it will then be time for a visit In the meanwhile, will just take a walk on Mars@Palawan Beach held in conjunction with the premiere of National Geographic Channel’s MARS series.

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Chinatown: as a starter, one of the best soya-sauce chickens – Chiew-Kee Noodle House, followed by an afternoon eating and shopping. Good of Daisy to join us and thx for lunch at the northern Chinese cuisine, my favourtie raw bitter gourd salad and mutton kebab. IceKahang@People’s Park and Herbal Jelly/guilinggao.

What kind of world is this that can send machines to Mars and does nothing to stop the killing of a human being – Jose Saramago