15th CNY Day – Last Day Of The CNY Celebrations

5 Mar 2015 – Zuno, The Puppy!

Wed 14th CNY Day: shopping for a T-shirt and eating at my favourtie places in Chinatown. Tiong Shian Porridge 長城粥品****is my favourite raw fish and frogleg stall.


Almond & Sesame 杏仁芝麻 at Mei Heong Yuen Dessert 味香园甜品****This Snow Ice from Taiwan is a refreshing cold dessert that comes in thin smooth mouth-feel sheets that reminiscent fine powered snow. There are 18 flavours and hopefully can try all before it is over!

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first – Ernestine Ulmer


IMG_0922[1]Camera 360 Also their black sesame and almond paste are yummy. Temple St is the first and original stall and the one preferred.

There are 2 other branch at Chinatown Point and ION@Orchard.

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not – ?

Not too interesting views on the way to the MP Polyclinics but only took 1hr (previous visit 2hrs) and was out with 4 different medications for 4 months S$11.40 ie with all the subsidies etc. Tkx to sis Jo for dinner


Does anyone know what is going to replace the Republic Theaters on Marine Parade Rd by Parkway? It is now nearly all torn down to ground zero!


According to this map, the new MP MRT station will be across the road from the HDB blocks and sadly it looks like we will lose some beautiful big trees on MP Rd, if this map is correct :-(


Thu 15th CNY Day: last day of the CNY celebrations. 15th day of the 1st month in the Chinese lunar calendar, the end of the New Year celebrations and time to take down the decorations and take better care of the health! Happy Bday Gel, good to catch up. Take good care and safe journeys to Iceland.

2013021584903577TangYuan 湯圓 is a sweet glutinous rice ball eaten this day. After today the diet has to seriously kick in or I will be kick out. Death is inevitable but how to exit with dignity and least pain is most important…


Gator (2001-2013) lost to the house fire 1+yr/Sep2013 ago but never forgotten. 2011-12 Halloween pix of her.


Looks like they are now ready for another pet – Mizuno is the latest addition to the Halls. It’s a boy!! Introducing Zuno! Yes, Linn named their dog after her (Mizuno) running shoes and their tagline is - Never Settle!

Never Too Old

3 Mar 2015 – To Go Thru’ Second Childhood!

11021055_10204723413777702_731178556829853224_n[1]Hello Mar, goodbye Feb! And two more day of the CNY indulgence. Are the mind and will ready and strong enough to conquer the temptations of over-eating??

Anyone knows the name for this beautiful flower? My Norwegian FB friend Carlo calls it ‘the new Norwegian dandelion orchid’.



Sun 11th CNY Day: with grandnieces Kiera, Isabelle, Beth and grandnephew Lucas who are updating me with their toys – Lego is timeless while Minions are more their time. Thank you Pat Lynn&David for lunch and a lovely afternoon.


One is never too old for Minions or for going thru’ 2nd childhood! Minions are my show & tell collection for the grandchildren. When Olai gets to watch Despicable Me****he too will hopefully get into the Minions’ lingo :-)

IMG_3350IMG_3343Mon 12th CNY Day: good on May to keep the tradition of the red package. What a brilliant idea with a piggy bank gift and a clever way to teach children how to save at a young age.

Seems like Olai is more thrilled with the gift than the red package. As Audrey comment: who wants money when you can have a pig :-) :-)


Tue 13th CNY Day: on my way to the dentist but made time to take pix of this amazing HDB/public housing at Everton Park/Neil Rd which is across the road from NDC.


Nice memories of this area/Neil Rd, used to visit cousins David, John & Wilki who lived in Everton Rd.



IMG_7241Glad to see that most of the former buildings here are not torn down. The former Fairfield Methodist Girls School is now Home Team Career Centre and St Matthew Church is still standing by the school on Neil Rd. The roots of the ‘Ketapang (Terminalia catappa)’ never fail to amaze me.

This threatening sign has not changed since my childhood days where I used to roamed around the Mr Faber area and this one is at the Cantonment main Police Station car park!!

Mar family and special days

3 Mar – Happy Bday Mike Leong

5 Mar – Happy Bday Gel

6 Mar – Happy Bday Linda

9 Mar – Happy Bday Sue Lynn

11 Mar – Happy Bday Ken

14 Mar – Happy Bday Ellie

17 Mar – Happy Bday Pat Lynn and Beth, Happy St Patrick’s Day

18 Mar – Happy Bdays Linn, Yi Sheng & Al Sosa

19 Mar – Happy Bday Thomas Heggelund

21 Mar – Happy Anniversary to Ivy & Leslie

31 Mar – Happy Bday Josephine

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul – Samuel Ullman

Goodbye Feb 2015

28 Feb 2015 – The Lion & Dragon Dance

Fri 9th CNY Day: the whole body, especially the stomach and mouth! really needed this day to rest. Not sure about others, but this indulgence is not healthy and certainly feeling the consequences! Spent the day downloading other pix which have been neglected due to the overwhelming social activities over the CNY.


Elgin Bridge over SIN River connecting to Chinatown taken on different days and at different angles.



Marine Crescent with block 46 in different angles to remind myself what it looks like before the eyesight and memory fade :-)



I see white and gold…


Sat 10th CNY Day: thank you Brian & Helen for a delightful get together of black/blue or white/gold talks :-) Missed Sylvia who is in Switzerland for boarding school. Before long it will be Sophie’s turn. Leonard who had to be back in Brunei was also missed!



Fortunate to catch the performances of these dragon and lion dancers where the Marine Terrace neighbours are having their LoHei in the common area downstairs from blk 46.

TimeVincent, my contractor posted the above pix and it is rather neat. No not redecorating, happy with my book shelves and piano. If you need a good contractor, I will highly recommend Vincent.

My comment: here is how to decorate your accommodations and always KNOW your time even if you are NOT able to be on time. Remember that Time and Tide wait for NO one – so enjoy your time while it is still there for you.

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them – Dion Boucicault

More 2015 CNY Celebrations

26 Feb 2015 –  7th CNY Day When Humans Were Created!

Mon 5th CNY Day: welcome home Leonard, my computer guru and Hi-tech friend. Thanks for updating my system in the midst of your busy schedule. Good to see Justin too! Safe journeys back to Brunei and looking forward to visiting him before heading on to the US.


Tue 6th CNY Day: Happy Bday to Calvin@Campers Corner – lunched on chicken wings, roast duck and pork, chased down with whiskey tasting! Appreciations to SengTeong for yummy mussels, clams and prawns! Poor Chris, he must be overworked, he looked so tired!

Wed 7th CNY Day 人日 renri (Peoples day) was the day human beings were created. Happy Birthday to Everybody. Popped by to H&H to wish everyone there a Happy New Year!

MV5BMTkxMjgwMDM4Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTk3NTIwNDE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_[1]IMG_7455Interesting piece of art at Bugis Illumia Shopping Centre. Watched Kingsman****A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius…

And its worth the time to just watch Colin Firth :-)


LoHei with Henry in Chinatown. The Q in one of the LoHei stalls must have taken hours. We chose the stall without any Q.


Thu 8th CNY Day:  LoHei@Paragon Crystal Jade Golden Palace**** with the MtE clinic staff and the doctors who have been taking such good care of me.



Thank you all for everything.

IMG_7489zionRd03 No 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow - It Didn't Disappoint! @ Zion Riverside Hawker Centre [Opposite Great World City] (Large)[1]

Welcome Angelina, Kurt and Kiefer to SIN on transit and safe journeys back to Belgium. 5 months have gone by quickly for Angelina and Kiefer who were in KCH for the winter. Introduced them to this awards-winning, customers highly recommended stall, the No 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow‘****managed by Mr Ho with experience accumulated over the years!

Harry Hart in Kingsman quoting Ernest Hemingway – There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow-man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

Continuing 2015 CNY Celebrations

22 Feb 2015 – To Last Till 4Mar!!



Sat: 3rd CNY Day, tkx Audrey for a delicious lunch. Great to see her mom Betty in good healthy spirits and nice to meet her sis April and the rest of the family.

年糕 NianGao = Rice Cake: A must to eat during Lunar New Year. Niangao sounds like it means ‘getting higher year-on by year’. This means more prosperous and better improvement in life – Audrey Wong



Dinner with Wilki&Pattie and Jo in Little India Tekka Market. Looked like the food was too hot for Jo :-) Strolled around Fullerton One and to the Fullerton Heritage Gallery which was Wilkie&Pattie and Jo’s first visit!




Sun: 4th CNY Day – Yeohs, welcome home from their visit in Malaysia. Missed you all on the 1stDay! Today visits from MtE staff & families and other friends.


Fun with new toy, a karaoke set Les won at a golf game! Another excellent wine and whatever will happen will happen at this rate of over-indulgence!! Missed Carmel, Soon & Cian who are still in Malaysia.


Appreciations to Les&Ivy for yet another successful get-together with good food and great wines. Extra pix and less words for this posting to make up for the lousy blurred pix on the 1st CNY day :-)

We live in an image society. Speeches are not what anybody cares about; what they care about is the picture – Madeleine Albright

2015 CNY

20 Feb 2015 – Lights And Visits



Mon: bright lights with 財神=God of Wealth at Marina Bay Floating Platform, world’s largest floating stage and some excitement with 2 tightrope walkers on this breezy night!


Walked to Chinatown where it is getting ready to welcome the Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram. Was there late last night and avoided the crowded shopping streets, stayed on the main street to see the lights. Tomorrow night will be ‘people mountain people sea’. Was fortunate that there were barricades on the road side where the camera could be balanced for clearer night pix.

Tue & Wed: last moments of shopping cleaning and sewing! The art of  procrastination :-) Tkx for reunion dinner at Jo’s.


With all those discussions about it being the Year of the Goat or Sheep or Ram; so it is the year of the Goat, but the Chinese character 羊 = goat and sheep are the same while to me they are 2 completely animals, they even look and taste different!! Being Chinese of race here does not help with the confusion :-) :-)



Thu: 恭禧發財 Gong Hey Fat Choy with my minimal and modest decorations! No matter if it is the year of the Goat or Sheep or Ram – A Happy Healthy & Wealthy 2015 to all who are celebrating the Lunar/Chinese New Year!


As long as 4aunt, 100yrs, the eldest of my father’s generation is alive, she will be the first to visit. Tkx to cousins Wilki&Pattie for all the goodies. Glad that he can make it back from HI/USA. Always a pleasure to see them.

IMG_7350IMG_7351Continued with visits to 10&13aunts and to 11aunt. Good to see Ken&Cynthia this time round. They are usually out by the time we get there. 11aunt’s condition is not the best as she fell a couple of times since Nov. Also her memory is failing.

16aunt was there and 17uncle with his two children visiting from NZ; LAM ChengSong/22yrs & LAM JiaWen/18yrs who are my cousins and the youngest of the green generation.



Lunch at Les&Ivy and discovered a new game – The Game of Life! If only life is just a game and with Les’s top wines, life can sometimes feel like it is a game. Explains why many pix turned out blurred except a few and the one with Patricia&Lee :-) :-) :-)



Dinner at cousin Karen and good to see aunt Ngor (from KCH, the Chan family, paternal grand mother’s side). The KCH laksa is yummy and Karen&Peter never fail to provide a scrumptious CNY spread. Tkx for including me.


Fri: CNY 2nd day visit takes a whole day! 2nd sis-in-law, YokeSau lives with niece Jenleng near Kranji. Bus to the CityHall MRT and then nearly an hour on the train to get to Kranji. Good to see them but being 2nd day, missed JenMun, JenWee, Steve & their families. From 2nd bro, KwokKiong total of 16…

It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave – Tupac Shakur

Memories of AT

16 Feb 2015 – Thru’ My Book & Blog

Wed:  a glint blazing thru’ such a memorable hike is tempting me to be on parts the trail again. Hope to be able to fit that in sometime in May-Jun…



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Thu: visiting Chris at Marmot/Novena.



App 3,500k, 5mill steps, 127days, 14 US states = One AT Thru’Hike :-)

Fri: early appointment at NDC. Later at Changi Airport T2 to meet Lawrence arriving from KCH. Had lunch with him at the airport before heading to Les&Ivy.


Sat: Happy Valentine’s Day, a card for Linn&May and one for me :-) :-) Did NOT wish and want to be out in the crowds and traffic on this day, also the last weekend of shopping for the CNY. Got a message from Ivy telling me that the crowds and traffic are horrendous. Just stayed indoors and relax chatting with family and friends on Skype. Nice to catch up.

Sun: Happy Birthday to god-daughter Guri in Norway and condolences to the Stenseth family for the passing of Anne Stenseth Sr. May she RIP.

13aw-articleLarge[1]Tkx May & Irene for sharing this interesting link. My comments -

Many of the mainland Chinese here and HKG too are not well received for good reasons, not because of race. I considered myself Chinese of race but Singaporean by birth and multicultural in thoughts.



Brought Malay breakfast over to Les&Ivy for their Korean guests, Mr&Mrs Kim and their lovely daughter HaeKyung. Nasi Lemak is familiar to most of us local but this savory snack Kui Bakar Berlauk is new to me, quite good, all that from the local Marine Terrace stall***


Tkx to nieces Judy&Daisy, nephews Vince&Clem and grand-nephews Stanley, Andrew and Darryl from bro Steven’s branch for including me to their reunion at Tiong Bahru Por Kee Eating House***Such a coincidence that 10&16aunts, 17uncle, cousins ChengChwab&Amy, Wilkie&Pattie/visitingfrom HI/USA, Sara, Wilson and Jason were also there.

Tkx to cousin Wilki for delicious durian treat in Chinatown. If the eating continues at this rate, it will be difficult for the heart to keep beating and pumping blood and I will only have myself to blame…

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward – Margaret Fairless Barber, The Roadmender