2015 Night Festival

26 Aug 2015 -With Tasmanian Night

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Fri: admitted bro Steven into SGH as he fell last night and again this morning. Memories of when Les broke his leg playing soccer in the1950s. Mother and I visited him in SGH then and how time has changed this hospital!  The clock tower is one of the few buildings which I still recognize!

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Appreciations to Calvin, staff & friends at CC for a Tasmanian evening to start the SIN Night Festival. Great to see such a good turn-out. Tkx Sebastian and Yoshie for the chats.

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Sat: this beautiful piece of tree trunk is located at a walking path by the police station car-park between Neil and New Bridge Rd towards SGH. Another recently chopped down tree not far from the one on the walking path, but on a different and higher wall. Also a tree that is still alive but not sure for how long and what will happen to it since this is on State Land…
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Amazing stretch on Neil Rd with 3 different stages of architecture-style – the shop-houses, older and newer HDBs…

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11921937_10153259763047933_620267778_nSun: SIN Night Festival is over for now but continues on Fri28 and Sat29 Aug. Another trip to SGH. Somehow hospital visits are quite a downer and to cheer myself by making a wine cork-board at CC. Used up mine and CC’s collection of corks for now and still unable to complete the area needed – to be continued…

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Mon: helping out with the CC sales on the ground floor of Velocity@Novena –  a good turn-out for the first day of the week-long sale.

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Thank you Thomas for a yummy dinner and good company – quite a name for a kitchen and bar, PIGSFLY***but when you have had enough shots, pigs can certainly fly :-)

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Tue: another good turn-out at Velocity. Had to leave early to meet with Sue, Ting and CH for a movie 7 Letters***SIN most illustrious directors have gathered their creative storytelling and film making talents in a one-of-a-kind project celebrating Singapore’s 50th year.

img33077 Letters represents seven heartfelt ‘love letters’ to Singapore, capturing each of the directors’ personal and poignant connection with the place they call home. The seven stories tell of our heartland and its people through tales of lost love, identity, inter-generational familial bonds and tensions, unlikely neighbours, and even references to traditional folklore.

Musical Box Museum

21 Aug 2015 – SIN First And Only

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Tue: saw Lawrence off at T2 and did some promotional shopping for Moon Cakes at Bee Chang Hiang. The carry-on size bag finally broke down and got a new one that is quite visible :-) Always enjoy being in the world’s best airport.

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Wed: great with catch up with Gel for a cuppa and good to see that she is better and bought a place of her own. Thx Calvin for dinner at Kreta Ayer Food Centre****Chinatown complex. Been awhile since I ate fishhead, and the cheeks are my favourtie parts!

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Thu: tkx to Yoshie for arranging this exciting preview tour at SIN first and only Musical Box Museum to be opened officially in Sep/Oct.

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Appreciations to our gracious host and the founder Mr Naoto ORUI for showing his collection. He has moved his collection from Minamichita Music Box Museum/Japan to SIN this year.

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The smallest and most expensive in his collection, a Swiss made app 200yrs old which he exchanged a château in France for this! Absolutely delightful sounds.

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One that nearly went on the Titanic and fortunately it did not. And another with an interesting Jude-box style, probably the first Jude-box! The history and stories related to some of these boxes are fascinating –  one with a ring stuck in it and another which was covered with dirt and only after cleaning could one see the semi-precious stones.You will have to go and see it for yourself to enjoy them.

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An amazing collection under the roof of the old Chong Hock Girls’ School, one of the earliest Hokkien girls’ school in SIN, now a heritage site with the 150+yrs original tiles on the floor and the side of the wall.

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This old heritage building commands a fantastic skyline of the Thian Hock Keng Temple from the upper floors and here is when you can find great contrasts of the old and new – and where East Meets West!

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Our gracious host extended his hospitality with lunch where there was enough food to feed an army at Ju Chun Yuan****Located at Far East Plaza and have not been there for eons. The last time there was quite a fun unforgettable dinner mystery and it was under different management and name then.

Fri: and peace be with y’all for a wonderful weekend.

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USS Missouri

18 Aug 2015 – Weekend With Family &Friends

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This is so so very sad. Prayers and thoughts to all those affected and condolences to those who have lost family and friends.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/16/asia/china-tianjin-explosions/index.html

Fri: at MtE as Lawrence was there for a minor surgery. His immediate family is in KL with Mabel who just had one of her knees operated on. The other one to be done when she has healed from the 1st surgery.

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Sat: a lovely time catching up with niece Sue and nephew Clem. Raise the red lanterns, thus starting the Hungry Ghost Festival! Bad enough with the these explosions and bombs, now the mess with food, burning rituals adding to more pollution in the environment :-(

Devotees burn joss sticks and pray for the visiting spirits of the ancestors.images

http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_758_2004-12-16.html

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Sun: breakfast & lunch with Lawrence, Les & Ivy. An afternoon at CC to catch up with C&C who recently returned from the US with gifts – do appreciate that someone was thinking of both ends of my spectrum :-) :-)

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All the apologies will not bring back all the life lost from any wars. Why it is that we do not learn from other people’s war and not have more wars??? :-(

Emperor Akihito struck a more apologetic tone than Mr Abe, with an expression of remorse for the nation’s wartime aggression. ‘I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated’ he added.

Don’t we all hope that too but just look and read about all the unrest of today’s world and you too will wonder…

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33943736

The USS Missouri came to mind…

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Almost exactly 70yrs since the end of WW2. Allied forces formally accepted the Japanese unconditional surrender aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, signed at 09:04hrs on 2Sep 1945.

Late maternal uncle Eddie TSENG (1915-1988, may he RIP), was one of a handful of reporters aboard who witnessed the signing and the very first to report the news to the world (because there was only one radio onboard and he drew the short straw!). Thank you nephew Aron TSENG for updates and contact. Your grandparents were a gracious and charming couple.

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USS Missouri was taken out of moth-balls and reconditioned for a good-will trip around the world in Sep-Dec 1986. Was so fortunate to be able to fly around the world to meet this battleship and to enjoy all the receptions on board in HI/USA, Sydney, Tasmania & Perth/AUS, Istanbul/Turkey, Naples/Italy, Palma and Lisbon/Portugal.

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The guys & me! had to be transported by tenders to get on land then – pix from Lisbon/Portugal, last port of call. Thanksgivings dinner on board for the 1986 trip. Had food poisoning on land that day felt miserable :-( but smiles :-) were expected to all the VIPs that evening. All’s well that ends well, flew off to OSL/Norway the next day to meet L&M who were attending the OSL American School there while I was globetrotting.

Mon: met with Lawrence at MtE to take him to lunch…

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As I am writing this post, breaking news of a bomb just went off in BKK with many fatalities. OMG what is happening???

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/explosion-rocks-bangkok-commercial-hub-casualties-seen-afp

You are the strength of the weak. He is not known through burnt offerings and ritual chanting – Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Escaped To The Movies

14 Aug 2015 – Is My Way To Relax…

11191375_oriTue: Mr Holmes****is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. An aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey in 1947 Japan where in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities.

Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy…

11189792_oriWed: Madam Bovary**set in Normandy, France, a classic story of Emma Bovary, a young beauty who marries small-town doctor, Charles Bovary, to leave her father’s pig farm far behind. After being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her husband and mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside the bonds of marriage.

Over the years, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary has proven an exceedingly difficult novel to film – and this version adds another disappointing entry to the list.

4f69b881fa_192x272_45d1ae4394Thu: Pixel*as kids in the 1980s, Sam, Will, Ludlow and Eddie saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults.

Not a game person, so did not think much of this movie…

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Walked by Great World City and saw this amazing tree where the flowers and fruits grow on the trunk  Tkx to the members of Nature Society who helped to ID this and thus able to learn more about it. Couroupita guianensis Cannonball Tree and do watch out for falling cannonballs…

http://scribol.com/environment/the-dangerous-and-dreadful-smells-of-the-cannonball-tree

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Thu: great to meet with cousin of cousin (Mike Leong in USA), Zarina and her sons Blake & Jeremy. Satay and PrawnMee dinner at Zion Riverside Food Centre***Stall #18 – the CharKwayTeow (one of the best in town) was unfortunately closed.

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A tour around common family grounds at 3 Seng Poh Rd now the New Cape Inn and now TBB Tiong Bahru Bar and Craft Beer Shop where it was Fook Weng Seafood Restaurant 5yrs ago.

https://amylamsg.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/3-seng-poh-road/

Fri: MtE and this time round to visit!

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Do recall Pac-man, Mario and Donkeykong, thought them to be cute but never understood the how to play games!! This youtube posting is really quite fantastic, something I can relate to and appreciate :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bm-_hI5A9A&index=1&list=RD6Bm-_hI5A9A

This quote is for all who like to play arcade and video games.  For me it is the movies that work best to escape the world…
When I put a quarter into an arcade machine or call up an emulated game on my computer, I do it to escape the world that is a slave to the time that makes things fall apart. I have never played these games to occupy my world – D. B. Weiss

Haw Par Villa

11 Aug 2015 – A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Thanks to Richard Goh for this aerial view showing what East Coast SIN is now (can even spot the block where I am) – with the reclaimed land from the sea to the marked green neon-line. The dotes on the sea are cargo ships of all sizes waiting to unload their containers on shore

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The SIN I grew up with was when the sea front was at the neon green line! Pix of my siblings and I at Katong Park (1950s) with Seaview Hotel in the background!

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Fri: a wet and cool Fri and free bus and MRT rides on Fridays until 31Dec for those who have registered their PassionCard/EZlink Reload. Using this free ride today revisiting Haw Par Villa with its 1,000+statues!

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw_Par_Villa

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Used to frequent this location with visitors in the 1950s and early 60s. One of the few attractions that is still existing. Now the MRT stops there and believe it or not, there is a Statue of Liberty – for real :-)

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Many will remember The Ten Courts of Hell with statues describing in details the torture and punishment for each sin one commits in a lifetime. This used to be set inside a 60-metre long trail of a Chinese dragon but the dragon has been demolished, so the attraction is now covered by grey stone walls and comes with a warning sign – due to the graphic nature of the exhibits, visitors’ discretion/parental guidance is advised.

http://wheresidewalksend.com/court-of-hell/

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Sat: nice to catch up with sis-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnephews this long weekend. Tkx for Japanese dinner at Irodori***Riverview Hotel

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An evening stroll down Collyer, Clark and Boat Quay watching merry makers by the SIN River on the eve of SIN 50 Birthday.

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Convinced Clement to watch the lights at Fullerton Hotel before taking the last bus just pass midnight hoping that it would have free! But it was considered still considered the last bus for 8Aug even-though technically it was 9Aug! Well I tried :-) :-) And this is the crowd for just watching the Fullerton lights, can imagine the crowd for tomorrow’s NDP.

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Sun: Happy 50 Birthday SIN. Was at the 2014NPD (the only NDP attended) to pay my respects to LKY then. Having a real phobia to crowds and the thought of not seeing LKY resulted in watching the whole parade online. Congratulations and thank you for a job well-done to all those involved. Tkx Henry for lovely flowers and lunch company.

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Mon: one more day of holiday for the people with jobs. Tkx for lunch company Clement in my new place-mats setting! Must have been tired as I napped for 4+hrs today!

With the SG50 celebrations behind, onwards to tomorrow with thoughts of the 6 grandchildren and whatever will be will be…

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Happy 50th Birthday

9 Aug 2015 – SG50

Appreciations to all for sharing these interesting links –

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3181291/Swampland-skyscrapers-amazing-images-Singapore-s-transformation-high-rise-metropolis.html

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http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/08/singaporean-historian-launches-weekly-podcast/

Many of the pix in this link below are still vivid in the memory!

http://foundily.com/50-rare-photos-of-stunning-old-singapore-that-you-may-not-have-seen-before/

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My admiration and respects for LKY and the PAP for building up SIN. Today it is one of the richest countries in the world with the same ruling party for half a century, what will be of the next half century?????

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https://www.facebook.com/ChannelNewsAsiaSingapore/videos/10153043696952934/?pnref=story

http://remembersingapore.org/2015/07/28/sg50-singapore-1965-2015/

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There are 50 different designs on one side of the bag and the map of SIN is the one I was given – very appropriate, maps are an important part of my life journey!

http://www.ndp.org.sg/ndp2015funpack-designs/

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http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/volunteers-spread-sg50/2040142.html?cid=fbsg

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Marine Parade/Crescent Rd with its dressed-up HDB block

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More HDBs

http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21657606-continue-flourish-its-second-half-century-south-east-asias-miracle-city-state

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http://www.overseassingaporean.sg/articles/d/national-day-2015

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http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-turns-50-on-aug-9-heres-your-morning-to-night-guide

SINGAPORE – What a journey it has been. From the “moment of anguish” when Singapore separated from Malaysia, the first generation of leaders convinced the pioneer generation that Singapore could succeed as a sovereign country.

Together, these lions and a lion-hearted people built a nation through a lifetime of unwavering determination. After them, younger generations picked up the baton and took Singapore further…

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-has-ample-reason-to-celebrate-its-50th-anniversary-as-one-nation-one-people

In fond memories of LKY – the person I will think of most today. Thank you to LKY and SIN would not be today if not for your leadership and your group of people. You are truly missed but may you RIP…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azOg-ospx7U

And some of my favourite pix for the NDP downloaded from various postings and sites –

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Majulah Singapura/English: Onward Singapore; Chinese: 前进吧,新加坡; Tamil: முன்னேறட்டும் சிங்கப்பூர்

Senior Tuesdays!

7 Aug 2015 – IKEA Sale

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Tue: is when some of the grocery stores give senior discounts here in SIN. Shopped at T3 Changi airport – not only with senior discounts, but without GST+Changi Reward Points. For me it is nearer to go there than into town.

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The Kopitiam there is offering 30% off with their  iCard (for seniors) on all the food items until 31Dec. It works out to be about the same price to eat there with AC as in any HDB neighbourhood without AC.

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Bus#36 to and from the airport is a pleasant one on ECP and MP Rd. Today was a good experience to write to SBS.  Usually at T2, there is a change of bus-driver and over the years the drivers just locked the passengers inside the bus and left before the other drive arrives. Was never comfortable with it even though nothing happened. For the first time today, this bus driver waited till the next shift arrived.

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Wed: tkx Aileen and Yulis for yummy Thai lunch at Beerthai House***Golden Mile Complex – Little Thailand! Here one can find authentic Thai food, well as authentic as one can find away from Thailand! So far, the best Olive rice I have had in SIN.

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Was told that I was not allowed to take pix of this dessert stall after I took the pix.

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Thu: app at MtE and later to IKEA. With SG50 sale, it was not difficult to find something to purchase. The crowds and lines were expected and there are some good deals for members today. Promotions on the smoked-salmon and meatballs.

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 A set of 3lights (battery not included!) S$2, chain of red lights S$2 – ready to celebrate National Day and Christmas :-)

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